The Other Passenger
One stranger stands between you and the perfect crime…The most addictive novel you'll read this year
by Louise Candlish
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Pub Date 01 Jul 2020 | Archive Date 11 Jun 2020
Simon and Schuster UK, Simon & Schuster UK
‘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.
Praise for The Other Passenger:
‘Nobody writes so incisively about couples’ Daily Mail, Books of the Year 2020
‘Filled with really excellent twists’ Stylist, Best books out in June
‘The queen of the urban thriller returns with her winning blend of whodunit and thoroughly unreliable narrators’ Red
'One of the twistiest plots you'll ever read' Cosmopolitan
‘Cleverly captures the envy zeitgeist’ Stylist
‘Stylish, suspenseful and absorbing’ Best
‘You won’t want to put down this roller coaster read!’ Closer
‘Gripping from start to finish’ Bella
‘Not only is Candlish a terrific storyteller, she has the gift of making you care about unlikable characters’ Guardian
‘I’ll be amazed if we don’t see The Other Passenger on screen before long’ London Evening Standard
‘The layers of plot astound’ Sunday Times Crime Club
‘Another clever tale from the author of Our House’ Prima
‘A chillingly addictive and glamorous thriller' Sunday Post
‘Brilliantly plotted’ Mail on Sunday
‘Louise Candlish helped launch the ‘property noir’ genre with Our House and Those People. In The Other Passenger, she brings murder to the London commute' Observer
‘This author is so good at twisty yet completely believable domestic thrillers’ Good Housekeeping
‘Superior thriller’ Crime Review
‘Suspenseful and utterly absorbing’ Sunday Mirror
‘The suspense is maddening, and the conclusion refreshing’ Press Association
‘An ingenious thriller’ Irish Independent
‘The pacing is first rate, as is the handling of the first-person narration’ Sunday Times
‘Just brilliant; gripping from the first page with an incredible first person narrative and a sense of place that pulls you through the pages fast enough to make your head spin. Louise Candlish just gets better and better, I love her’ Lisa Jewell
‘A gripping read with a brilliant first-person narrative. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. It’s so good!’ BA Paris
‘A must read!’ Lucy Foley
'Louise Candlish is the queen of the sucker-punch twist' Ruth Ware
'Dark and clever and terrific' Nicci French
'I couldn’t put it down!' Shari Lapena
‘A tightly constructed, corkscrewing plot' Sarah Vaughan
'Psychological suspense at its most elegant and sinister' AJ Finn
'Louise is the mistress of the ‘Oh my God, this could be me’ nightmare' Fiona Barton
‘A stunning masterwork of style and suspense’ Jeffery Deaver?
'Equal parts riveting, twisty, and unsettling' Stephanie Wrobel
'An instant classic' Mark Edwards
'Outstanding' Catherine Isaac
Praise for The Other Passenger:
‘I’m a HUGE fan of Louise Candlish’s writing but she really knocks it out of the park with this one, with its Hitchcockian atmosphere of mounting dread and almost unbearable suspense, building to its astonishing conclusion. And it’s all so frighteningly credible because the characters are so brilliantly drawn, so knowable. A must read!’
Lucy Foley, author of The Guest List
'A smart, twisty thriller that explores how money can warp relationships and destroy lives. A compulsive read that builds to an unimaginable climax. I couldn’t put it down!'
Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door
'A novel like a roulette wheel at full tilt: smooth, hypnotic, relentless, exciting — and ultimately, just as unpredictable… Like every Candlish thriller, The Other Passenger is psychological suspense at its most elegant and sinister'
AJ Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
‘A stunning masterwork of style and suspense. The Other Passenger is one of those novels that grabs us from the start, then keeps us up all night by brilliantly peeling back the layers of the story until we arrive—shockingly—at the truth. I can’t think of another novel in which the characters are so perfectly drawn’
Praise for Louise Candlish
'Prepare to be gripped;Louise Candlish shows us the dark side of suburbia – and of ourselves'
‘Sharp satire and a plot that builds to a roiling boil with a couple of oh-so-clever final twists in close succession: Louise Candlish is one very clever writer’ Sarah Vaughan
‘Twists aplenty, and such wonderful observation - I loved it'
'An addictive, twisty page-turner that will give you nightmares about the suburban dream'
'A delicious slice of suburban noir. I loved it'
'Oozing with scandal, it's a compelling read'
Woman & Home
'A devilishly good thriller with a wicked ending. Loved it'
'Louise Candlish captures the mores of middle-class life and our worst, curtain-twitching tendencies like no one else'
'Full of marvellously toxic characters'
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Louise Candlish sure knows how to write a thrilling novel. The twists and turns in The Other Passenger kept me gasping right until the very end. I can't wait for this to be released so I can buy it for everyone I know!
Louise Candlish's writing is excellent. So lyrical, her choice of words is absolutely beautiful! I would repeat some passages to myself because I enjoyed them so much...
In this novel, Candlish is exploring the heavy subject of money and how it influences people's relationships, mainly the feeling of resentment. In the end, it will be the catalyst of the story. A lot of work has been put in the novel, a lot of thought on how best to touch the different dynamics in people relationships when there are income differences.
A strong plot, suspenseful and intense. I also loved the descriptions of London. It made me travel...
Louise Candlish is an absolutely amazing writer and never fails to produce a piece of work that pulls you in and keeps you guessing until the very end. This is another fabulous read that focuses on Jamie, his partner Clare and their new, younger friends Kit and Melia. Jamie and Kit commute together on the London river boat, but when Kit goes missing after Christmas drinks, it seems Jamie was the last person to see him while they were arguing.
The novel also looks at the relationship imbalances between the couples and the individuals and how this leads to tensions and fractures.
I thought I had the story sussed several times, but the twists kept coming until the very end. Unlike some novels, nothing is too far fetched and the research into different issues raised within the book is meticulous.
This is one of the best books I have read for quite some time and I will be purchasing it as gifts for several people I know.
Louise Candlish is the queen of the jaw-dropping plot twist.
This fantastic book never failed to surprise and astonish me.
I really enjoyed the commmuter river boat setting for a lot of the story, very different and historically interesting.
If you want a distracting and enjoyable read pick this book!
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