Review: The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish


Title: The Other Passenger

Author: Louise Candlish

Published: July 8th 2020, Simon & Schuster Au

Status: Read July 2020 courtesy Simon & Schuster


My Thoughts:

“Like all commuter horror stories, mine begins in the mean light of early morning – or, at least, officially it does.”

When James Buckby disembarks from his riverboat commute to Central London, he is met by two police officers eager to question him about his missing friend, Kit Roper. The police, it transpires, are acting on information from another passenger who witnessed an argument between Jamie and Kit days earlier, and suspect foul play.

The story of Kit’s fate unfolds from the first perspective of Jamie, whose narrative may or may not be reliable, as he details how he and his partner, Clare, met and befriended Kit, and his wife Melia. Their friendship develops quickly but soon grows complicated, tainted with betrayal, envy and deception.

I expect I’ll be in the minority, but unfortunately I struggled to finish The Other Passenger. Though the plot, when it finally unravels, is surprising and clever, exactly what I expect from Candlish, I found the build up too slow and the characters largely so unappealing, I didn’t much care what happened to any of them.

You may feel otherwise, and I wouldn’t like to discourage anyone from picking this up. I truly admired the twists, but I can’t personally rate it as any more than okay.


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Also by Louise Candlish reviewed at Book’d Out

6 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 06:04:09

    I might still give this one a try, it intrigues me. But I do struggle with too slow of a build-up also. it almost loses the point!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Jennifer
    Jul 20, 2020 @ 10:09:40

    Thanks, Shellyrae. I won’t rush to read this (it is on my list … somewhere)

    Liked by 1 person


  4. carhicks
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 13:04:36

    This is on my list but I will wait for a bit. Nice review.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. fuonlyknew
    Jul 21, 2020 @ 23:44:18

    I read a lot of books where the characters aren’t always to my liking. Curious about this one still.



  6. Mystica
    Jul 23, 2020 @ 18:00:01

    I’m finding it very hard to access your blog and this has happened from Tuesday. I hope it clears up on its own.
    I’ve read this author just not this book. Thanks for the review.

    Liked by 1 person


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