The Passenger; Lisa Lutz
Simon & Schuster - 2016
After finding her husband Frank dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs, Tanya Dubois is on the run. She claims proclaims on page one that she had nothing to do with his death but, why has she decided to run and to change her name and her appearance as she travels cross country from one small town to another?
As the story progresses it's clear that this woman which I'll refer to as Tanya has a somewhat checkered past. She was having an affair with her chiropractor while married to Frank. On the road she stops at one flea bag motel after another, where true identities as not as important as cash customers. She gets to know all the public libraries in the each town so that she can check to see whether her name or picture has made the news. She also checks her email -- there is an interesting exchange with a male from her past that gave interesting clues about these two individuals.
Tanya's new looks and new identities keep her just under the radar for a while bit, all too frequent stops for drinks at small town bars make more than a few individuals suspicious that she is running from something. So who is the woman we first know as Tanya Dubois and what is her real story?
This novel doesn't have a lot of action or even a cat and mouse feel. There is not a lot of character development either but, this is a page turner that held my interest from start to finish. I enjoyed the first person POV and getting to understand why Tanya felt the need to run. Readers who enjoy psych thrillers should give this one a try. It's one of those books that are hard to put down after you begin reading.