Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz


ashley | I’ve been using my time to catch up on some backreading, books that have caught my eye and I’ve meant to read. The Passengerby Lisa Lutz is one of those books. I read about it in a magazine and added it to my ever growing list to read. 

This was a weird book for me. I wasn’t fully grasped by it and wasn’t really wowed by it at all in the beginning, but at the same time, I was driven to finish it and itching to know the truth about matters. I think it just got off to a rough start. There was something about the writing style that I didn’t fully enjoy. I don’t know if it was Tanya/Amelia’s voice or the way every character was assigned a name based on description (ie: The Professor, The Accountant, Bad Suit Guy etc), but something seemed too rough around the edges for me with this style and it kept getting in the way of me fully enjoying. 

But thankfully, it seemed like the book and the story grew stronger the further into it I got. I thought that this was just going to be about a woman trying to escape her past, and frankly I was a little bored by that, but Lutz did a great job of scattering clues or hinting at certain past secrets that intrigued me enough to keep reading, thankfully, because towards the end, it definitely picked up and I didn’t see the direction it was heading until we drove right smack into it. 

This book was like some strange version of Strangers on a Train and I liked that it morphed into this. If you think on it too hard, it might seem a bit far fetched, with all the different secrets and drama, but I think it all came together really well in the end and it was just a fun, thrilling read. I was really pleased with where this took me and I’m really glad I kept with it. I haven’t been blindsided like this in some time and it felt great.


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march 1, 2016