Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
It all happens so quickly. One day you’re living the dream, commuting to work by ferry with your charismatic neighbor Kit in the seat beside you. The next, Kit hasn’t turned up for the boat and his wife, Melia, has reported him missing.
When you get off at your stop, the police are waiting. Another passenger saw you and Kit arguing on the boat home the night before and the police say that you had a reason to want him dead. You protest. You and Kit are friends—ask Melia, she’ll vouch for you. And who exactly is this other passenger pointing the finger? What do they know about your lives?
No, whatever danger followed you home last night, you are innocent, totally innocent.
About: The Other Passenger is a psychological thriller written by Louise Candlish. It was recently published on 7/20/2021 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, paperback, 400 pages. The genres are psychological thriller, mystery thriller, and adult fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “founded in 2002, Atria was from the start intended to be an environment where new ideas could flourish, the best writers of fiction and nonfiction could thrive and connect with an ever-widening readership, and the best practices of traditional publishing could be integrated with cutting-edge developments in the digital world. In short, a place where great books could come to light.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Other Passenger on 8/18/2021 and finished it on 9/21/2021. A slow burning story, but soon captured my attention with a different way of communing to work. The main character, Jamie travel to work by river bus instead of train because he’s claustrophobic. I normally associate river boats not to be a type of transportation for work but a tourist destination. Every time I travel somewhere, I want to get on the river cruise to enjoy the sights of the new city. So this way of getting to work was interesting. Though the story was slow burning, it had all of the right components leading up to the situation in the present day. I’m fascinated by the unconventional way of life in which Jamie was leading. He and his girlfriend dated for 10 years, lived together, but chose not to get married or have kids. He chose to work a simple service job instead of finding another high paying professional job and relying on his girlfriend’s money for stability.
This book followed James (Jamie), 48, told in the first person point of view as he ride the ferry boat to work. He talked about how he and Kit were buddies and usually sit together on the boat with other buddies of theirs. This morning; however, Kit was a no show. When Jamie got off the ferry boat, he was met with the police. The police suspected that Jamie had something to do with Kit’s disappearance. They brought him aside for questioning. Jamie met Kit at the beginning of the year, via their girlfriends because both women work at the same place, so chapter 3 labeled January 2019 (then) and the first two chapters labeled December 2019 (now). Kit and his girlfriend, Melia were young in their late 20s and Jamie and his girlfriend, Claire were in their late 40s. The story was told in a timeline, the past leading up to the present, recounted how the two couples got to know each other and present is where police investigating Kit’s disappearance. The police informed Jamie that there’s another passenger on board that may have been the last person to see Kit alive, not as just Jamie as he claimed.
The Other Passenger was well written and a fascinating story. I enjoyed Jamie’s thoughts about the hardships of London life. He said it’s not easy to tell the difference between a pauper from a prince because seeing how their young friends, Kit & Melia, lived like they were well off but they were deep to their necks in debts. But then again, everyone likes to pretend because it looks better than the real thing. Jamie’s living situation was so good but he didn’t turn down the offer in the consequences that he will be homeless if discovered. There were some twists but I felt the slow paced just make me read even slower somehow. I stuck to it and read word for word until the end. The bigger twists came later at 70% of the book. The twists were unexpected but made sense. I liked the epilogue.
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of fourteen novels. Our House, a #1 bestseller, won the Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards, was longlisted for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award. It is now in development for a major TV series with Red Planet Pictures, producers of Death in Paradise. Louise lives in London with her husband and daughter. Visit her at LouiseCandlish.com or connect with her on Twitter @Louise_Candlish. (Photo and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Atria Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.