2016 Book 335: THE KEPT WOMAN by Karin Slaughter



The Kept Woman (Will Trent #8) by Karin Slaughter 
ISBN: 9780062430212 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062430236 (eBook)
ISBN: 9781504733175 (audiobook)
ASIN: B019WVPSUO (Kindle edition)
Publication date: September 20, 2016 
Publisher: William Morrow



Husbands and wives. Mothers and daughters. The past and the future.

Secrets bind them. And secrets can destroy them. 

The author of the acclaimed standalone Pretty Girls returns with this long-awaited new novel in her bestselling Will Trent series—an electrifying, emotionally complex thriller that plunges the Georgia detective into the darkest depths of a case that just might destroy him.

With the discovery of a murder at an abandoned construction site, Will Trent and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are brought in on a case that becomes much more dangerous when the dead man is identified as an ex-cop.

Studying the body, Sara Linton—the GBI’s newest medical examiner and Will’s lover—realizes that the extensive blood loss didn’t belong to the corpse. Sure enough, bloody footprints leading away from the scene indicate there is another victim—a woman—who has vanished…and who will die soon if she isn’t found. 

Will is already compromised, because the site belongs to the city’s most popular citizen: a wealthy, powerful, and politically connected athlete protected by the world’s most expensive lawyers—a man who’s already gotten away with rape, despite Will’s exhaustive efforts to put him away.

But the worst is yet to come. Evidence soon links Will’s troubled past to the case . . . and the consequences will tear through his life with the force of a tornado, wreaking havoc for Will and everyone around him, including his colleagues, family, friends—and even the suspects he pursues.

Relentlessly suspenseful and furiously paced, peopled with conflicted, fallible characters who leap from the page, The Kept Woman is a searing novel of love, loss, and redemption. A seamless blend of twisty police procedural and ingenious psychological thriller, it marks Karin Slaughter’s triumphant return to her most popular series, sure to please new and diehard fans alike. 



Will Trent is an agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). He finally is in a relationship with a good woman, has a good relationship with his GBI partner, and is dealing with the strange supervisory/surrogate-mother deal with his boss. The only problem Will continues to have is his estranged wife, Angie Polaski…well, that and a rape case that seemed to disintegrate before his eyes in Karin Slaughter’s latest, The Kept Woman.

Will Trent has overcome many obstacles in his life. He was abused as a child and foster-child. He married at a young age to a woman that was and continues to be a bully and emotionally abusive towards him and everyone else. He has a good career and has learned to cope with his untreated dyslexia. He has a stable relationship with a mature and loving woman, Sara Linton. The only major obstacles to his happiness are finding and divorcing his estranged wife and getting the rape charges to stick against a prominent and wealthy Atlanta professional athlete. Just when Will doesn’t think his life could get any better, or worse, he’s called to a crime scene with a dead retired police officer and evidence that his estranged wife has been seriously injured, if not murdered, at the same location. Now Will, his GBI partner Faith Mitchell, his lover and newly-hired GBI pathologist Sara Linton, and his boss, Amanda Wagner, must all work around the clock to uncover why the retired police officer was murdered and where is Angie. Will they be able to find her before it’s too late or is this just another game that Angie’s playing to mess with Will’s head?

I found The Kept Woman to be a rather fast-paced and engrossing read. The only reason I put this book down was due to rapidly worsening migraine headache. Ms. Slaughter has the ability to pull me into each of stories from the first page and keep my attention to the last line on the last page. Did I like The Kept Woman? YES! This story has a lot of dark themes: physical child abuse, sexual child abuse, child prostitution, drug abuse, prostitution, rape, incest, marital abuse, dirty police officers, and murder. Added into this mix is the elite world of professional athletes and their ability to get anything covered up with the right amount of money. There are plenty of bad guys in this story, Angie Polaski, a group of professional athletes, some bad/dirty police officers, and everyone professionally associated with the professional athletes and cover-ups of their misdeeds. The Kept Woman provides stories within stories within stories and they all seemed to be tied to events in the past, some over 30 years in the making. I could go on and on about this book but I’ll simply end with Read This Book! Seriously, if you enjoy reading mystery thrillers or psychological thrillers then this is definitely a book you’ll want to read. Although this is the eighth book (tenth if you count the novellas) in the Will Trent series, it is possible to read this book and not feel as if you’ve missed out on the backstory and at the same time make you want to go back and read all of the previous books. I look forward to the next installment in this series, but while I’m waiting I’ll just have to reread the entire Will Trent series. (Yes, this series is just that good.)


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2016 Book 297: ANOTHER BROOKLYN by Jacqueline Woodson

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson 
ISBN: 9780062359988 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062446329 (ebook)
ISBN: 9780062472663 (audiobook)
ASIN: B01825C5JI (Kindle edition)
Publication date: August 9, 2016 
Publisher: Amistad


Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them.

But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.



Is it ever really possible to go back to the city of our childhood memories? Author Jacqueline Woodson revisits not just memories of Brooklyn but also memories of friendship, family, and grief in Another Brooklyn

August has strong memories of her mother and Tennessee, but those memories pale in comparison to her memories of her friendship with Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi in Brooklyn. Her life is a series of before and afters. Before and after with her mother. Before and after leaving Tennessee. Before and after arriving in Brooklyn. Before and after her father joined the Nation of Islam. Before and after tragedy and grief. As an adult, August reconciles those before and after childhood memories with all that she has learned along the way. 

Another Brooklyn is an amazing story of friendship, family, and survival. Yes, it is a coming-of-age story, but it so much more. Through the eyes of August, we see the bonds of friendship transcend to become the bonds of family.  We also witness tragedy after tragedy, as well as childhood and adult struggles with grief. Another Brooklyn is a hauntingly beautiful addition to Ms. Woodson’s list of amazing works of prose. I found Another Brooklyn to be an amazingly fast-paced read and one that I enjoyed. I wish I could say more about this book, but the only thing that needs to be said is this…read this book! 


Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher via Edelweiss. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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2016 Book 265: FAMILY TREE by Susan Wiggs

Family Tree by Susan Wiggs
ISBN: 9780062425430 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780062425478 (ebook)
ASIN: B01825C50W (Kindle edition)
Publication date: August 9, 2016 
Publisher: William Morrow


For readers of Kristin Hannah and Jodi Picoult comes a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past—and the promise of the future.

Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. A single cell, joining with another. And then dividing. And just like that, the world changes.

Annie Harlow knows how lucky she is. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And now, she’s pregnant with their first child. But in an instant, her life is shattered. And when Annie awakes from a yearlong coma, she discovers that time isn’t the only thing she’s lost.

Grieving and wounded, Annie retreats to her old family home in Switchback, Vermont, a maple farm generations old. There, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, and four young nieces and nephews, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the people she knew before, the high-school boyfriend turned judge. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.

Family Tree is the story of one woman’s triumph over betrayal, and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. Complex, clear-eyed and big-hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember.



Annie Rush has always dreamed of combining her two loves, film, and food. As a child, she videotaped cooking shows in her family’s kitchen. As an adult, she is producing a cooking show, The Key Ingredient, with her chef husband, Martin Harlow. The show is a hit, her marriage is going well, and now she’s pregnant. But Annie’s dream quickly turns into a nightmare in Susan Wigg’s latest, Family Tree.

Annie Rush grew up in a small town in rural Vermont. Her family owns and operates a farm that produces maple syrup. Living in her family’s ancestral home with her mother, brother, and maternal grandparents, Annie is happy but wants more. She wants to travel, cook, and learn as much as possible about the world and food. During her senior year of high school, she meets and falls in love with Fletcher Wyndham, a transfer student. Her romance with Fletcher is hot and heavy throughout much of their senior year and becomes an off-again/on-again relationship during her college years. As Annie struggles with what she truly wants out of life, her senior film project becomes an internet sensation and before she knows it, she has an agent, an entertainment lawyer, and a contract with a production company in California. The star of her film project, Martin Harlow, is now the star of a new cooking show and Annie’s husband. A few years later Annie discovers she’s pregnant. Eager to share the news with her husband, she leaves an important interview for the studio and discovers her husband in flagrante delicto with his cohost. Annie storms off the set and is injured in a freak accident. Fast forward a year and Annie wakes up in a rehabilitation facility in Vermont. She doesn’t remember much of the past decade nor understand why she’s back in Vermont. As she regains her strength and some of her memories, Annie reconnects with her high-school love. Now she must decide what she wants from this second chance at life and love.

I found Family Tree to be a fast-paced and engaging read. I enjoyed the way Ms. Wiggs presented Annie’s story in then-and-now vignettes. The “then” stories provide the reader with Annie’s past in Vermont with Fletcher and her family, as well as with Martin in New York and California. The “now” sections focus on Annie in rehab and post-recovery. Both versions of Annie reveal a woman in the process of uncovering her strengths and weaknesses. The then Annie doesn’t really trust her inner voice and loses the love of her life, Fletcher, after graduating from college. The now version of Annie isn’t as quick to throw love away, even if she doesn’t really trust her feelings or those of others for the long-haul. Family Tree provides a bit of romance and self-discovery in a story about memory, family, friends, hope, love, and second chances. if you’ve never read anything by Ms. Wiggs then Family Tree may be the perfect book for your first read by this author. If you’ve previously read books by Ms. Wiggs, then you’ll want to grab a copy of Family Tree to read ASAP.


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2016 Book 224: PAPER AND FIRE by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine 
ISBN: 9780451472403 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780698180826 (ebook)
ASIN: B016JPTGZ4 (Kindle version)
Publication Date: July 5, 2016 
Publisher: NAL


In Ink and Bone, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history…

With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…


Imagine a world where the leading superpower isn’t a national government or religion. In this world, there’s one organization that has ruled for centuries and that organization is the Great Library. In this world, there’s no such thing as bookstores. The Great Library allows you to read portions of books and anything that doesn’t fit with their agenda is banned. Any library scholar or affiliate that comes up with ideas that may minimize the Library’s power is deemed an enemy and arrested. This is the world that Jess Brightwell and friends live in. Jess and friends must decide if they’re willing to adhere to strict Library guidelines or think for themselves in the second book in The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine, Paper and Fire.

After our introduction to The Great Library in Ink and Bone, Jess and friends had finished their postulant training. Morgan had been forced into service as an Obscurist, never able to leave the Iron Tower. Glain Wathen had become a training officer in the High Garda, living to protect the Great Library no matter what. Khalila Seif and Dario Santiago had become Library Research Scholars. Jess is a low-level Garda-in-training and Thomas, an engineering genius, is reported as killed presumably for creating a printing press. Down, but never out, Jess is looking for answers to why the Library killed Thomas. With a little help from Morgan and a local book smuggling family, is that Thomas is still alive and being kept in a prison facility far away. Jess and friends must decide if they want to free their friend Thomas and if so, if they’re willing to fight the might of the Library no matter the cost?

I found Paper and Fire to be just as riveting a read as Ink and Bone. I’m somewhat enamored with a world that still has the great Library at Alexandria, but this is definitely tempered by the notion that bookstores are nonexistent and I could only read and own approved “books” via the library. (No these are printed books that we’re used to be a cross between printed books and digital books.) Ms. Caine has crafted a believable dystopian world based on a desire for control and power and the Library is powerful beyond anything we could possibly imagine. She provides romance, dysfunctional family drama, and tons of internal and external conflict for all of the characters to deal with. The head of the library, the Archivist, and his assistant, the Artifex Magnus, are willing to do anything to ensure their world view continues. There are people fighting against the Library and its control, but they are just as blinded by their vision as the Archivist and Artifex Magnus. It was disheartening to learn that the Obscurist as forced into service and treated no better than slaves. The female Obscurists are even raped in order to perpetuate the Obscurist line. (No, I won’t tell you if this has been Morgan’s fate or not…read the book!) There’s a lot happening in Paper and Fire and I could go on and on about everything, but if you’ve read Ink and Bone I’ll simply say “read this book.” If you haven’t read Ink and Bone, start there; you’ll probably want to binge read both books so make sure you have a few days to read and enjoy. I eagerly await the next addition to The Great Library Series to find out what happens next.


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2016 Book 177: BOOKS OF A FEATHER by Kate Carlisle

Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle 
ISBN: 9780451477705 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780698411067 (ebook)
ASIN: B015DLUT42 (Kindle version)
Publication Date: June 7, 2016 
Publisher: NAL

From the New York Times bestselling author of Ripped from the Pages, San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright’s latest project is for the birds, but it may have her running for her life. . . Brooklyn’s friend Ian runs the Covington Library, which is hosting an exhibit featuring John James Audubon’s massive masterpiece, Birds of America, currently on loan from an Arab sheik. During the gala celebrating the book, she is approached by Jared Mulrooney, the president of the National Birdwatchers Society, who urgently needs Brooklyn’s skilled hands to repair a less high-profile book of Audubon drawings that’s fallen victim to spilled wine. At the same party, Brooklyn is flying high after she’s asked to refurbish and appraise a rare copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac. But everything runs afoul later that evening when Mulrooney’s body is discovered in the library. Rumors fly about a motive for murder. Perhaps Mulrooney wanted to sink his claws into the pricey Audubon book, but Brooklyn believes the man died fighting off a daring thief. 

Soon more troubles ruffle Brooklyn’s feathers. Her parents pop in for a visit with an unsavory friend in tow, and there’s a strange man on her tail. With danger beginning to circle Brooklyn’s every move, it’s clear she must find answers before things really go south . . .


Brooklyn Wainwright is back in San Francisco after having her apartment renovated. She’s eager to get back to work in her own workspace, especially since she has a rare copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac to work on. Brooklyn’s also introduced to a childhood friend of her fiance Derek Stone. Back at home with old friends, a new friend, and a new living space, what could possibly go wrong is the question raised and answered in the newest addition to the Bibliophile Mystery series by Kate Carlisle, Books of a Feather.

Brooklyn is back in San Francisco and quite happy with the newly renovated apartment. She’s also back to helping out her friend at Taylor’s Books, namely doing inventory and refurbishing and appraising rare books, including a copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac. Brooklyn is a tad paranoid that this particular book might be a target for a rare book thief, so she’s extra cautious when removing it from the store and storing it in a safe at her home. She also has the opportunity to meet an old friend of Derek’s, a classmate nicknamed Crane. She learns a bit about Derek’s school adventures and more about Crane and his somewhat estranged younger brother Bai. She also learns of a tenuous connection one of Crane’s forefathers, a renowned Chinese artist, had with Audubon and, as a result of this connection, she invites Crane to the Covington Library’s exhibit for Audubon’s Birds of America. It is at this event that Brooklyn encounters her first dead body, only minutes after receiving a rare book attributed to Audubon to refurbish. This is later followed by an attempted burglary and a murder at Brooklyn and Derek’s apartment and intrigue at Taylor’s Books. Is it possible these events are all tied together or is something more sinister going on?

Books of a Feather is the tenth installment in the Bibliophile Mystery series. I found it to be a fast-paced and engaging read from the first page to the very last. Ms. Carlisle provides plenty of intrigue, mayhem, and murder to keep not only the characters of the books alert but the reader as well. One of my favorite scenes occurs when Brooklyn’s parents, Jim and Becky, come to visit and attend a Deadhead (Grateful Dead followers) reunion. They come back home after the reunion with someone they presume is an old friend down on his luck and he’s murdered the very next day. It is only after the murder occurs that they realize he isn’t their old friend Goose after all…they brought a total stranger into their daughter’s home. As a result of this mistake in judgment, Becky decides she must use her Wiccan skills to “dispel” the negative energy and then protect the home. There’s a lot going on in this story and if I told you everything you wouldn’t need to read it, so I’ll just say if you’re a fan of this series then you’ll definitely want to read this book. If you haven’t read this series but are a fan of cozy style mysteries, then you’ll want to add this series to your TBR list immediately. (Might I suggest binge reading this series over the next holiday weekend or while you’re on vacation.) I thoroughly enjoyed Books of a Feather and I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in this series just to see what happens with Brooklyn, Derek, and friends next. 

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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2016 Book 130: THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick 
ISBN: 9780778319337 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781459293908 (ebook)
ASIN: B016UEUIF6 (Kindle version)
Publication Date: May 3, 2016 
Publisher: MIRA


In this poignant and sparkling debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure 

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden. 

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places. 

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a curiously charming debut and a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities. 



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Arthur Pepper is a widower that has a set daily routine; up at a certain time, wearing specific outfits, eating at exact times, etc. Exactly one year after his wife’s death he decides to clear out her belongings. He unexpectedly finds an inexpensive gold charm bracelet in a pair of boots and this sets him off on a quest to find out more about his wife’s life before their marriage in The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. 

I found The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper to be a very fast-paced, cozy, and sweetly sentimental read. Arthur’s quest to learn more about his wife is just as much a journey of self-awareness as it is a way to learn more about her past. Arthur discovers that each charm represents a fascinating chapter in her life. An elephant charm representing her brief period as a nanny in India, a tiger charm given to her by a renowned playboy figure that is fascinated by tigers (so much so that he keeps a few on his estate), and more. What he ultimately finds out is that his wife was a woman that had traveled and touched the lives of people, young and old. I rather enjoyed Arthur’s travels and discoveries, as well as his rekindled relationship with his children. He also comes to realize that routines are nice, but breaking them won’t cause the world to end. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper has a lot to offer, but the reason you should read it is simply because it is a delightful read. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Patrick in the future.


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2016 Book 82: THE PASSENGER by Lisa Lutz

The Passenger by Lisa Lutz 
ISBN: 9781451686630 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781451686654 (ebook)
ISBN: 9781442396494 (audio)
ASIN: B014DXC07U (Kindle edition)
Publication date: March 1, 2016  
Publisher: Simon & Schuster


From the author of the New York Times bestselling Spellman Files series, Lisa Lutz’s latest blistering thriller is about a woman who creates and sheds new identities as she crisscrosses the country to escape her past: you’ll want to buckle up for the ride!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it…

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.



You have a secret past life that you are trying to hide and forget. Your current husband suffers a tragic accident in your home and dies. What do you do? Well, if you’re Tanya Dubois, you run and obtain a new identity (or more). And that’s just what happens in the latest thriller from Lisa Lutz, The Passenger.

Sadly, it isn’t possible to run away from your problems. Tanya-turned-Amelia-turned-Debra finds that out the hard way. She’s currently a “person of interest” in her late husband’s death in one state. She runs south, assuming another identity, and encounters a mysterious female bartender, Blue, and gets involved in the deaths of several others. These actions result in her leaving the south with yet another identity and heading to the Northern Midwest. Along the way she encounters a kindly local sheriff in an almost-one-night-stand before arriving at her destination, a small rural town private school. Has her luck changed? Unfortunately not as she runs into someone from her current identity’s past. Just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, she receives information that her original secret past life is being investigated. Can she keep running from her secrets? Will she survive long enough to find out if all of her secrets will be revealed and the truth finally discovered?

I actually read The Passenger almost a week ago, but had a difficult time writing my thoughts about this book without revealing too much, so my apologies in advance for this somewhat cursory review. I found The Passenger to be a fast-paced and engrossing read that provided thrills and chills with every twist and turn in the story. Although I couldn’t exactly sympathize with Tanya, I did find her and Blue to be complex and highly interesting characters. Tanya’s backstory is gradually revealed throughout the contemporary story and it is just as much of a multilayered mystery as her current dilemma. This story is filled with complicated scenarios, bad guys, really bad guys, and not-so-bad guys. If you enjoy reading stories with a strong protagonist and tons of drama, thrills, and more then you’ll definitely want to add The Passenger to your TBR list. Did I enjoy reading The Passenger? Yes! I look forward to reading more from Ms. Lutz in the future.


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The Passenger