The girls switch identities and Tanya now has the credentials to be a school teacher, although she can’t teach in a public school because her fingerprints don’t match those the state has on record. Never mind that she’s never taught.
Tanya/Jo manages to get a gig in a tiny town in Wyoming at a private school. Tanya has not been to college but she manages to fake her way through teaching third graders and becomes quite popular with the kids, especially after saving one from drowning. Maybe this says something about the qualifications to teach school. In any event it turns out that Blue has not done her such a big favor when Blue’s husband shows up after tracing Tanya through Blue’s teaching credentials. Up to this point Tanya is merely a refugee but the thug’s appearance turns her into a killer. Now truly on the run Tanya goes through an incredible series of escapes living in some of the most unimaginable places and committing petty crime to keep herself eating.
Crimes and trespassing eventually put Jo back on the police radar and she decides she must return home to face the consequences of the original acts that caused her to flee. She meets up again with Blue who has repaid Jo for killing her husband by smoothing the return and we finally get the explanation of what set the escape in motion.
The ending is plausible and a satisfying surprise and we were left with the hope that Jo can put her life back together. The travel scenes get a little tedious but the flashbacks all work—giving you just enough information to keep plowing ahead. The Passenger gets a four star recommendation. It’s a fast read and a great way to spend a winter weekend.
Steve E Clark is a New York Times Best Selling Author of Justice Is for the Lonely and Justice Is for the Deserving. Kristen Kerry Novels Of Suspense. You can purchase his books via his site at www.SteveClarkAuthor.com/BuyBook or request it at your local book store. Want to know more about Steve Clark or read more reviews? Check him out www.SteveClarkAuthor.com
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