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.
When Jamie’s friend doesn’t catch their morning river commute, he isn’t worried. Kit is often running late but when Jamie gets off the boat at his stop, he is shocked to be met by the police. Kit has been reported missing by his wife and the last person to see him alive, was Jamie. What happened the night they had a fight as they left the boat after a night on the town? And who is “The Other Passenger” who has reported it to the police? Jamie isn’t worried though because Kits wife will back him up…won’t she?
Louise Candlish is another of my “go to” authors and I was looking forward to The Other Passenger so thankfully it was absolutely bloody brilliant! I don’t know why but before I picked it up (and even when I looked at the cover!) I thought the other passenger was one on a train! But it’s not! It’s a river bus that acts as a alternative mode of transport on the Thames. A unique way of commuting that I’m amazed hasn’t inspired others to use it in thrillers before as it is certainly an intriguing way of introducing the characters that we meet here. There was a definite “film noir” feel to the plot here and after reading the authors acknowledgement you’ll understand which film it reminded me of and why.
What I love about this book is how Louise Candlish keeps her readers on their toe throughout her utterly compelling narrative. And that her unreliable narrator is a male character as well! A narrative based around an intriguing, toxic male friendship makes a change from the female perspective that I’m used to so I took a lot of satisfaction from that! The twists and turns were organically developed especially I thought I could see where things were heading but the shocks were never quite what I expected! There was always a little added extra worked into the storyline somehow!
The Other Passenger is a cleverly crafted book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading! It’s one of those “just one more chapter” books that will keep you awake at night unable to put it down. Very highly recommended by me!
Louise Candlish is the Sunday Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Our House, a number one bestseller in paperback, ebook and audiobook won the Crime & Thriller Book of the Year at the 2018 British Book Awards, was longlisted for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award. It is now in development for a major TV series with Red Planet Pictures, producers of Death in Paradise. Louise lives in London with her husband and daughter.