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The Passenger (edició 2016)

de Lisa Lutz (Autor)

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She's left her dead husband -- and within forty-eight hours Tanya Dubois is a fugitive. It's almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Tanya-once-Amelia-now-Debra and Blue, a bartender, have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret ... can she outrun her past?… (més)
Membre:ClaridgeLibrary
Títol:The Passenger
Autors:Lisa Lutz (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2016), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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This book was a wild ride from start to finish. Really liked it, kept me up late, although the end was a bit rushed. ( )
  myers3 | Jan 7, 2021 |
Kudos to author Lisa Lutz for moving beyond her Spellman Files into more serious fiction in How to Start a Fire, and now, The Passenger. Fans of the Spellman series may object to this transition since it is hard to let go of Izzy, Rae and the rest of the Spellman crew. (I miss you, guys)! However, I’m glad I had an opportunity to read The Passenger, a novel of hidden secrets, fake and found identities and road trips. The main character -Tanya? Amelia? Debra? Emma? Sonia? Jo? - is hiding from a secret in her past and has become an expert at assuming new identities in order to survive. When her tavern-owner husband is killed in an accidental fall (are we sure about that?), Tanya goes on the run, afraid she’ll be a suspect in his death. Criss-crossing the United States, in a variety of dilapidated vehicles, with fewer and fewer resources at hand, our protagonist begins to lose more and more of herself, her integrity and her courage as she tries to stay hidden. Along the way she encounters a wide variety of characters and situations that seem helpful at first; but we soon see the darker side of the life she is being forced to live. The narrative is interspersed with old e-mails from someone in Tanya’s past, and we gradually are given more and more clues about why she has been on the run for almost 10 years. Darker than her previous novels, but propulsive in narrative and dialogue, we can’t help hanging on for the ride to a surprising twist of an ending. Though I will always have a soft spot for The Spellmans, some of my favorite literary characters, I enjoyed being part of the road trip in The Passenger. ( )
  KellyWellRead | Dec 17, 2020 |
Excellent twisty tale of a woman on the run, whose past is even more complicated and dangerous than her future.

Lutz sets up her heroine as an unreliable narrator almost from the get-go, when Tanya Dubois finds her husband dead at the foot of the stairs in their family home and, instead of calling the cops, proceeds to empty his wallet and as much of their bank account as she can access, and hitting the road.

As Tanya travels across the country, changing identities as needed, her backstory unravels with tantalizing hints of dark and dangerous deeds.

Lutz fudges Washington state geography a bit, which I suppose is forgivable in a work of fiction, but is nonetheless a bit disorienting to any reader who knows just how far Moses Lake is from Everett. Less forgivable is a scene that takes place in the front seat of a Lincoln Towncar, which strikes one as physically impossible. (No, it's not a sex act. Let's just say even Jackie Chan couldn't pull it off.)

Minor complaints aside, this is a great sit-up-late-to-finish-it novel. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Oct 3, 2020 |
An easy to listen to audiobook once I became used to the American narration, which though initially jarring, is in keeping with the damaged and mysterious protagonist. Why she is on the run, adopting multiple identities, is not revealed until the end of the story. ( )
  Mercef | Jul 3, 2020 |
A great thriller with a woman on the run, peeling back layers as she switches identities to stay free. ( )
  ThomasPluck | Apr 27, 2020 |
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**** 4 out of 5 Stars
Review by: Mark Palm

Nowhere Woman...

There are a thousand and one reasons for reading fiction, but I often think that one of the most common ones is the chance to put ourselves in someone else’s place, and to see how the world looks from there. What would it be like to be a hero, or a villain? How would life look if I were walking in another’s shoes? A lot of folks do it to escape, but it is equally interesting to put ourselves in a place that we would never ever want to be. Reading The Passenger by Lisa Lutz is a novel that does just that; it gives us a tale about a woman who is Any Woman, or Everywoman, and, rather than being a dream, it’s a nightmare. It’s fun to be another person by choice, but when the decision is forced upon you, it’s a curse.

The book starts with Tanya Dubois discovering that her older husband Frank has fallen down the stairs and died. Rather than calling an ambulance or the police she cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair and calls someone on the phone tells them she needs a new identity. For reasons that are slowly revealed throughout the book, Tanya doesn't want to deal with the Police. She flees to Texas where she meets and is befriended by a female bartender named Blue. Blue senses that Tanya-now Amelia is on the run, and asks her to move in with her. When two men try to abduct them Blue unveils a rather frightening set of skills that enable the two women to escape but binds them together as they have to cover up some very serious crimes. The two then separate after an ingenious identity swap and Tanya-now Debra travels to Wyoming to work as a teacher.
Meanwhile, about a quarter of the way into the novel Ms. Lutz introduces an epistolic narrative that consists of a series of emails between “Ryan” a love interest that Tanya left after some catastrophe, and “Jo”, which is apparently Tanya’s real name.

In Wyoming Debra begins to live a somewhat normal life until she befriends a man in a bar named Domenic, which sets off a whole new set of problems that ends with her leaving town and finding a new identity, Emma. (Jo spends an inordinate amount of time drinking in bars, but if I had her life I think I would too.)

Now The Passenger is a seriously twisty thriller, and Ms. Lutz does an excellent job of keeping us off balance, and I wish that I could go into more depth about the plot, but I refuse to drop spoilers, so you’ll have to take my word for it when I tell you that this novel is relentless in it’s pace and the level of tension that Ms. Lutz generates made me sure that I never, ever want to have to life with an assumed identity.

While Blue is a fascinating character, most of the other people in this book have very little substance, but Ms. Lutz makes this book resonate by keeping the focus tightly on the psychological and physical problems of her protagonist. Jo’s life becomes more desperate as her past begins to catch up with her and the level of fear and anxiety she faces on a daily basis makes this book almost unbearably suspenseful. Ms Lutz has a comprehensive grasp of the difficulties that anyone, but particularly a woman, would face in trying to live a life of the grid in our electronic age where identity is paramount. The stress of living a life without using your real name or social security number, of hiding from cameras and the internet are bad enough, but when you have to cover up crimes and fear for your safety, the fear just begins to become overwhelming, and Ms. Lutz brings it all to life with a vividness that makes The Passenger a grueling but compulsively readable thriller.

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She's left her dead husband -- and within forty-eight hours Tanya Dubois is a fugitive. It's almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Tanya-once-Amelia-now-Debra and Blue, a bartender, have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret ... can she outrun her past?

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