Title: The Passenger
Author: Lisa Lutz
Length: 320 pages
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Oshkosh Public Library
Plot Basics: Tanya Dubois proclaims her innocence in the death of her husband, Frank, and flees the scene. The
truth of her circumstances and personal story unravels a buried secret that shouldn’t have been in the dark.
Banter Points: Wow. This book kept me enthralled to the final pages when the truth of Tanya’s past, the reasons for her name and appearance changes, the reason for her life off the grid, is pulled together for the reader. The narration is a forward propulsion, not a look-back through flashbacks or other devices that would reveal the secret. The whole story is owned by Tanya and she tells it well.
One of the aspects that I found intriguing about the book is how to live off grid in today’s society where everything is in a computer system. Employment validation, bank accounts, social security numbers — every thing one needs to be employed is in a system. Tanya handles this in ways that are completely plausible and things that I think I could do if driven to similar circumstances. The level of empathy is high for me as a reader.
Bummer Points: Every so often I would catch a whiff of the Spellman series. Something about Tanya’s voice
reminded me of the main character from that series, just enough to make me reminisce and step, briefly, out
of this story.
Stacie’s Recommendation: This is one that you should add the the TBR. It is an early contender for the Top 10 List this year.