Publisher: Atria Books + Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: July 20, 2021
Genre: Fiction / Thriller
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.
The Other Passenger is finally my very first book by Louise Candlish! I have been meaning to get to a book by her for quite some time now, and I am happy I finally did. This was a slow burn suspense novel that I wouldn’t necessarily call a thriller, but it has a nice mystery element and it did pick up the pace when we get towards the end. I really enjoyed the musical reference to Sublime through Lana Del Ray and the author’s descriptions of the ferry. This book focuses heavily on commuting to work, but that doesn’t mean it is boring. The first thing that caught my eye was definitely the cover and synopsis, and I think going into this one blind is a good idea even though the synopsis creates intrigue instead of saying much about the actual plot. I have seen part of this plot before, but that didn’t stop the book from surprising me as well!
I did take a listen to the audiobook and while I liked it, I think it is better to read this one. The narrator Steven Mackintosh did a good job, but I had that issue where you can occasionally hear him swallowing along with other mouth noises, which I just do not like in my audiobooks. The narration itself was fantastic, but that was enough to drive me up the wall so reading with the eyes is the way to go with this one if these things bother you. I really liked that the whole story (for the most part) is told from the viewpoint of Jamie, and it did help to build tension as well. I saw other readers call this a psychological suspense novel and that is something I definitely agree with. Fans of that genre should enjoy The Other Passenger, and ooooo did I love how the end made me feel! There is a great diabolical edge to this novel, and it makes me really look forward to reading more from Candlish!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.