My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What do you do when you are wait-listed for all the new audiobooks at the library? Find some older books that are available now! That’s what I did with The Passenger by Lisa Lutz.
Time doesn’t mean anything for books, right? This may be a couple years old and no longer the new, shiny penny on the block, but it sure was a good read – ahem, listen. I started it 3 days ago. And thanks to the ability to listen at 2.0x speed on my Overdrive app, I’m now done (extra special thanks to my one hour commute both ways… couldn’t have done it without you).
So first, the narrator was perfect for the main character. Madeleine Maby did a fantastic job embodying the character (characters?)… you’ll see what I mean when you read it. I loved the attitude and personality of girl telling the story. I’d give you a name but considering the book is primarily based on a girl who is on the run, changing her identity with every step she takes, that would be rather difficult. Let’s call her Tanya as the book sometimes refers to her. The story starts with the death of Tanya’s husband, of which we are not privy to the facts. It continues with Tanya running. But can Tanya outrun her past?
This book really explored the complexities of living off the grid, changing your identity, and the ability (or lack thereof) to become somebody other than yourself. In modern society, can you ever really escape your true identity? Lisa Lutz was so creative in her approach to the main character, so masterful in her development of the various personas along the way.
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be… whirlwind. I felt like I was falling down a rabbit hole from beginning to end. The story line changed directions so many times in such an interesting way that it kept me engaged the entire time. I couldn’t wait to see what Tanya was going to do next.
I would give The Passenger a solid 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it. While reading is fun and all, I would especially encourage you to listen to it on audiobook! It would make a fantastic “passenger” on a long car ride (see what I did there?).