ARC Review: The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

Good Evening All,

Well it’s been quite a break for me. I won’t even try to sugar coat it, I’ve just not been able to read. At all. You would think that lockdown would be the perfect time to hunker down and read all of those books I’ve been meaning to read for so long. Nope. Not for me. I just haven’t been able to find the headspace to accept anything into my brain. Until now! I started this book mid-April and then gave up trying to force myself through it. NOT because of the book, because of me. Last night I picked it back up and got through the whole thing. Once I started, I just couldn’t stop. 

Book 📖

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Thank you to @simonschusterUK and @louise_candlish for this advanced copy in return for an honest review. The Other Passenger is due to be released on 25th June and you can pre-order a copy here.

Description 🔖

Jamie gets the river boat into the city for work every morning and regularly meets with his friend Kit for the commute. Until one day in December Kit doesn’t board and Jamie is met at his destination by police. They let him know that Kit has been reported missing and they are conducting an investigation into his disappearance. 

The police have been informed that Jamie and Kit were seen one evening arguing on the river boat home and let Jamie know that he is the last reported person to have seen Kit. That of course makes his suspect number one. 

Jamie maintains his innocence, but the other passenger thinks he has committed murder.

General Thoughts 🤔

One night it took me to devour this book once I picked it back up after my little reading hiatus. What a book to break my book fast with. I would describe this book as a game of two halves; the first being the tension build, the second being the dramatic explosion. 

I had no idea what was coming. I think I expected one thing with a small twist that I couldn’t quite get my head around, but then I was hit with the reveal and I couldn’t pick my jaw up. As the story unravelled and the characters started to unravel along with it, the book just got better and better. 

Characters 👫👭👬

I have thought a lot about how I feel about some of the characters and I’m still a little bit torn. I don’t want to go into too much details as I don’t want to give the game away to anyone before reading. So I’ll keep it brief. 

I pity Jamie. He made some really stupid decisions that risked popping the bubble of his privileged London life…BUT…is he a murderer? Could he really do it?

Kit is the kind of person that really rattles my cage. Mad at the world because his life isn’t where he wants it to be but pushing the blame onto everyone but himself. 

Writing Style ✍🏽

I can’t even begin to comprehend how an author can come up with a storyline like this. With twists on top of twists and every small detail and conversation catered for I can’t imagine how much attention that must require. 

I loved how tiny things that seemed inconsequential at the time of reading ending up being a significant part of the story. I loved the tension build at the start, the reveal and then the aftermath. I loved everything. 

Conclusion & Scoring 🎖

Such a moreish read. This has to be on your to reading list for this summer! A story of relationships, friendships, fall outs, make ups and lots and lots of deceit. Bloody fantastic. 

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