Blurb (as on Goodreads):
Tanya DuBois doesn’t exist. At least not after an accident leaves her husband dead and thrusts her into the uncomfortably familiar position of Suspect No. 1. She has only one choice: Run.
As “Tanya” watches her life recede in the rearview mirror, we realize she was never real to begin with. And neither is Amelia Keen, Debra Maze, Emma Lark, Sonia Lubovich, or a girl called only Jo. Or almost any of the things she tells us about herself, her past or where she is going next. She is “Amelia” when she meets Blue, another woman with a life she’d rather not discuss, and thinks she’s found a kindred spirit. But their pasts and futures clash as the body count rises around them.
Shedding identities like snakeskins, it becomes impossible for the people in Tanya’s life – and even herself – to know exactly who they’re dealing with. It’s only as she comes closer to facing her past that she can start to piece together the truth about not only who she was but who she can still be. THE PASSENGER inverts the traditional thriller, bypassing whodunit for the larger mysteries of who are you, and what is forgivable, and what is not?
The Passengers is the story of multiple identities taken by a woman who has been running from her reality for a long time. Tania Dubois finds her husband dead, one fine day, but knows better than to stay when the police find the body. Well, she doesn’t have an alibi and her word would not be enough during a murder investigation.
But Tania Dubois might not be her actual identity. As she runs from the police and tries to set up a life for herself, she meets Blue- another woman under similar circumstances. She then goes from laying low to becoming a teacher and accidentally crossing paths with a very curious sheriff.
The Passengers gives us multiple scenarios and different lives and the protagonist runs, eventually realizing that she was always running in circles and her life really needs some poetic justice. The thriller buildup was super amazing, thanks to all those letters with secret messages. The Ending, however, falls flat, because there wasn’t any explanation for how certain events turned out and that was so disappointing.
The writing was lucid, very engaging and with few loopholes. Obviously, there were things that didn’t add up, like Blue’s sudden obsession to set Tania’s life straight etc. etc.
All in all, The Passengers is a well thought and well-planned thriller, that talks about betrayal and childhood crushes, and how running away from life isn’t always the safest option.