BOOK REVIEW: LOUISE CANDLISH – THE OTHER PASSENGER

Today, I’m back with another review and this time, it’s the new page-turner from Louise Candlish, The Other Passenger.

I don’t read crime/thriller books that much these days but I’m a huge fan of Louise Candlish and her latest books and I find they are the perfect read if I’m in a reading slump. But first… what’s it about? Here’s the blurb:

It all happens so quickly. One day you’re living the dream, commuting to work by riverbus with your charismatic neighbour 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.

Aren’t you?

As I’ve already said, I’m a huge fan of Louise Candlish and her novels, especially her last two, Our House and Those People. You can check out my reviews for those books by clicking those links. Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump/social media slump and not feeling inspired but it was a good thing that there was a new Louise Candlish novel to take me out of that reading slump, wasn’t it?

This is a bit different from her previous two and moving away from the focus on property (but the theme of houses are still prominent in this novel) and instead, we’re on a river bus and it’s a lot more twisty than the previous two. And I’m going to say it straight away: this is her best yet! This is everything you want in a thriller: awful characters you love to hate, messy relationship dynamics, twists and twists and twists and… twists.

As soon as I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. It grips you straight from the start and then you go on this wild and crazy adventure where you’re not quite sure where it will take you. I thought I worked it out but there were numerous places where I gasped out loud and it’s a wonderful reading experience.

As I’ve already said, it’s a great page-turner that will keep you up all night trying to frantically work it all out and put the pieces together. My favourite novel from the three that I’ve read from Louise Candlish and I just know I’m going to read more and more from her in the future. I’m not going to go into the plot as I worry I might give even the slightest thing away…

I found this novel to be very cinematic in scope, too. I would love to see this as a television series as I think it will be great to see the twists on the screen and it will make a great box set to binge watch on the weekend.

I can’t wait to see where Louise Candlish takes us next…

Have you read The Other Passenger? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you,

Corey.

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