Lisa Unger’s Confessions On the 7:45 had a brilliant concept. A woman returning from her work meets a stranger on the train and when one of them confesses a secret, the other also spills the beans. It’s supposed to be a chance encounter with a stranger whom there’s a million in one chance to meet again or so Selena believes but the reality is not what she assumes.
Things get murkier as multiple POVs are introduced. Anne, Martha, and a young girl called Pearl whose viewpoint gets creepier and creepier are only some of the POVs we experience. It was impressive how Lisa Unger weaves the threads of the present and the past thru the lives of multiple characters and brings it to a head as secrets, lies, and betrayal tumbles out of the closet.
The twists and turns in the story were easy to predict and hence the shock and awe of the reveal never happened to me. The author ramps up the tension and keeps the tempo high until the end and even though I enjoyed the reading of it, I wish there were more thrilling elements added to the story so that I could have at least one Aa-HA puzzle left to solve.
From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies and deceit.
Be careful to whom you tell your darkest secrets…
Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.
But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.
Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.
Expertly plotted and reminiscent of the timeless classic Strangers on a Train, Confessions on the 7:45 is a gripping thriller about the delicate facades we create around our lives.
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