Author: Lisa Unger
Publisher: Park Row
Released: October 6th, 2020
Received: Blog Tour
Warnings: Sexual assault, stalking, affair
I received a copy of Confessions on the 7:45 in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Confessions on the 7:45 is the latest novel to come from the mind of Lisa Unger, a well-known and loved thriller and mystery writer. Obviously, when I heard about this newest book, I knew that I had to give it a go.
There is no doubt that in this world, everyone has a secret. Some of them are simple and almost sweet. Others are much darker, and more likely to cause pain. Whether or not they come out into the light.
By all appearances, Selena Murphy has the perfect life. A charismatic husband, two adorable kids, the ideal nanny, and a job that she loves. But that image is a lie – something that Selena is about to learn the hard way.
Some of the lies she knew, of course. She’s not an idiot. But even she could never have anticipated the depth in which her life was about to change. And all because of the stranger she met on a train.
“The observer only sees, never interferes. Still, tonight she felt the tingle of bad possibilities. She waited in the cool night, patient and still.”
Warnings: Confessions on the 7:45 has some pretty dark material included. Sexual assault/rape (mentioned, not shown), domestic violence, stalking, and affairs all make an appearance in this book.
I’ve been looking forward to reading Confessions on the 7:45 from the moment I heard about it. Yet this is not a novel that disappointed. It was everything that I, and other fans, could have hoped for from Lisa Unger’s latest novel.
There’s a lot to love about this novel, mainly thanks to the sheer number of layers found within the mystery. It really takes quite a bit to reveal everything going on – and yet once done, suddenly it all seems to make complete sense.
Personally, I loved the comparisons between the imagine Selena’s family maintained, and the reality hidden behind her cute Instagram photos. It’s poignant, to be sure. It was also the perfect setting for everything else, in a surprising way.
I also adored the hat tip to Strangers on a Train, though naturally this one came with plenty of unique twists to come up with something new and different. It made for a thrilling read (no pun intended), and one that I read in one sitting. I simply couldn’t (and didn’t want to) put it down.