Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger, 4 Stars

I’ve never had to commute by train. It always sounded horrible. Although I’m sure that’s just because I live about 20 minutes from the nearest station. So I would have a 20 minute commute to the station, then an hour downtown Chicago, then an hour back and 20 minutes again. And that’s if I caught the express train.

Life is too short for that nonsense. Still, I can imagine that a community kind of forms from the regular commuters on a given train. People you see at the same time everyday. And when someone goes missing, that’s probably pretty obvious too.

Today’s book, Confessions on the 7:45 features a chance encounter on a train, which is probably stranger than a normal encounter if you are used to seeing the same people everyday. This one was good. But don’t take my word for it, check out this excerpt.

From the Publisher:

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 TrainConfessions on the 7:45 is a gripping thriller about the delicate facades we create around our lives.

My Review:

When this one started, at first I thought it was your garden variety thriller. Woman catches husband cheating on her, she confronts him, and things turn out to be much worse than she thought. And it is that, but this one is so much better. And the twists and turns keep coming.

Selena is the primary breadwinner. Well, the only breadwinner as her husband is recently out of job and spending a lot of time at home. Guess who else is spending a lot of time in Selena’s home? Yup, the nanny. Tale as old as time.

How does she catch him? The nanny cam, classic. But that’s where the garden variety ends. Because so much more is going on here. And Selena and her family appear to be in danger.

But what does it have to do with the friend she made on the 7:45 train? The friend who shared a moment. Strangers swapping stories they would never tell most people they know. Strangers taking advantage of anonymity. Or so Selena thought.

Special thanks to Netgalley and Park Row Books. This one is out October 6! Get your copy.

Pre-order today!

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