Review — The Passenger by Lisa Lutz


When I saw The Passenger on Netgalley, I quickly hit the request button. Several years ago I read a few of Lutz’s Spellman books and enjoyed them. With The Passenger she was moving from the comedy of that series to a thriller (one of my favorite genres).

First, the good. Lutz had a great idea. Woman on the run from something or someone that the reader doesn’t know yet, making bad decisions because she feels that she has no alternatives. The pacing and flow of the writing are on point as well. With the ending, Lutz was able to surprise me a few times and she saved the best of her writing for the last.

However, most of the book just wasn’t my cup of tea. About 75% in, I was able to finally figure out what was really bothering me. Lutz was simply trying to hard to write a thriller. I think she had a great idea and knew how she wanted it to end (which, as I said, was very well done.) But, the rest of the story felt forced and cliche in some instances.

Would I read another thriller by Lisa Lutz? Most definitely! Her writing talent is there and she has great ideas. She just needs to work on making it feel more organic.

2.5/5 stars.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an e-copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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