Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thriller Thursday

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster hardcover, 1 March 2016).

This book has one of the most intriguing openings I've ever come across:

"When I found my husband at the bottom of the stairs, I tried to resuscitate him before I ever considered disposing of the body.  I pumped his barrel chest and blew into his purple lips.  It was the first time in years that our lips had touched and I didn't recoil."

From, there, it only gets better.  After establishing in the third paragraph of the opening chapter that she didn't kill him, Tanya Dubois gives readers a little background on her relationship with her late husband, Frank.

Although she had nothing to do with Frank's death, Tanya feels the need to run.  

It takes us a while to learn that her name is not really "Tanya".  We follow her has she travels around the country, putting down shallow roots here and there, adopting and shedding identities.

The deeper we delve into her story, the more we want to learn; in essence, the literary equivalent of eating peanuts.

Lisa Lutz is known as the author of the humorous mystery series The Spellman Files, six footnoted "documents" about about the quirky  Isabelle (Izzy) Spellman and her adventures as a private investigator with her parents' firm, Spellman Investigations.   

Although the ambience of the story is about as different from Izzy's as could be possible, both are told in the first person, providing just enough of the protagonist's thought processes to keep the reader enthralled.

It might be a  good idea to set aside a chunk of time to devote to this book, because putting it down will be difficult!

FTC Full Disclosure:  I borrowed this book from my local library.

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