Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

Selena Murphy has recently learned that her husband is having an affair with their nanny. She hasn't told anyone. That is, until she mets the woman who calls herself Martha. 

They're seat mates on the train. And Martha opens the conversation by revealing that she's been having an affair with her boss. Something about the woman makes Selena want to open up to her. But when her nanny goes missing, Selena recalls Martha's statement that maybe things would be solved if the nanny just disappeared...

Lisa Unger's latest is a thrilling suspense tale reminiscent, a bit, of Strangers on a Train. Except in this case, Selena very clearly never asks for help with her issues. And neither does Martha aka Anne. 

See, we quickly learn that Anne is a con artist. She's playing a game. But exactly what that game is is the question. What's her aim in targeting Selena? Is it coincidence that they met on the train? Seems so, until the plot progresses further and "Martha" begins texting Selena. 

I've been a fan of Unger's work for some time. Like most of my favorites in this vein of suspense, she takes the most average, unsuspecting sort of person and throws them into a plot that upends everything around them. And sometimes, that unsuspecting person isn't so innocent at all. 

Selena and her husband's relationship is already rocky. He's had affairs before and, like her mother before her, Selena forgave him. But the suspicion was there. Which is why she moved the nanny cams around in the first place, catching him in the act this time around. And her musings about how she feels about her husband are telling. 

But Selena's isn't the only story here. Geneva, the nanny, gets her say. Martha/Anne also tells her side of the story. And then there's Pearl. How she fits into the story is something that starts to become more clear about halfway in. 

Confessions on the 7:45 is a puzzle of a thriller, one whose pieces assemble with each new chapter. It's a deliciously paced story that keeps you guessing until the final page! 

Huge thanks to the publisher for inviting me to take part in the tour! For more on Lisa Unger and her work, you can visit her website here. You can also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram

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