Candlish writes a great London thriller. Her previous book Our House had a gritty urban London feel in a comfortable suburban landscape. The Other Passenger follows in the same vein with more twists and turns than your average rollercoaster. Its a book about aspirations and not being content with your lot, about thinking that you are owed more.
Life is pretty good for Jamie and Clare. She has an amazing house to the east of London. Its an up and coming area and they like the location. Since Jamie had a panic attack on the tube he finds the commute into work in the centre of town quite challenging. New friends Kit and Melia suggest commuting by riverboat and it feels like another way of life. No crush, leather seats and your charismatic neighbour as your commuting partner as you create a band of commuting friends affectionately known as the water rats. .
When Kit suddenly goes missing the police are waiting for Jamie when he gets off the boat to work. The fight that he’d had with Kit on the boat home before Christmas has made them take an interest and despite Jamie’s protests that they are great friends he seems to be the prime suspect.
Its another book with a fairly unlikeable protagonist and it may not be to everyone’s liking but if you can see past that Candlish will take you on a remarkable journey in a world where happy endings don’t really exist.
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UK Publication date: Jun 25 2020. 296 pages.
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