The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish – review.



‘Absolutely brilliant… An exceptionally exciting, mysterious book – we both loved it’  Richard & Judy

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?

About the author

Hello and welcome! I am the author of 14 novels, a fact I can’t quite believe myself. THE OTHER PASSENGER is my newest – I’m so excited about this one! It’s a very modern thriller set on the Thames in 2019, but with a mood of Hitchcock and noir classics like ‘Double Indemnity’. It is also my first ever Richard & Judy Book Club pick, which makes me very happy. I really hope you enjoy it.

My thriller OUR HOUSE is the book that turned my career around – right when I was about to give up. It won the 2019 British Book Awards Book of the Year – Crime & Thriller and was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award, the Capital Crime Amazon Publishing Best Crime Novel of the Year Award , and the Audible Sounds of Crime Award. It was also longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the Specsavers National Book Awards. A #1 bestseller in paperback, ebook and audiobook, it has sold over 250,000 copies in the UK and is soon to be a major four-part drama for ITV. I couldn’t have asked for more, really, and feel so proud that readers are continuing to discover it and recommend it far and wide.

A bit about me: I live in a South London neighbourhood not unlike the one in my books, with my husband, teenage daughter, and a fox-red Labrador called Bertie who is almost two and is the apple of my eye. Books, TV and long walks have been my top sanity savers during lockdown. Oh, and wine.

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My thoughts

I absolutely loved this fabulously atmospheric thriller. It’s noir, it’s psychologically thrilling and it’s totally enthralling. I couldn’t put it down!

The riverboat on the Thames made the perfect setting. I could feel both its chill and its allure as the seasons changed. The characters on board really made the commutes come to life.

The dynamics between couple in their late twenties, Kit and Melia, and couple in their late forties, Clare and Jamie worked brilliantly. As they shared a friendship, I enjoyed the discussions between them about debt and lack of opportunity for the young as opposed to that of inherited wealth. How money can cause rifts, jealousy and resentment. There was clearly a generational divide as well as a wealth divide and these themes were explored brilliantly. However, there was so much more. Themes such as youth and ageing; love and infatuation; deception and lies – perfect ingredients for a storm.

If you love a mystery that will keep you on your toes and surprise you many a time, The Other Passenger is an absolute gem and I’d definitely have no hesitation in recommending it!

Thanks for reading!

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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