Hello my Friends!! We are back with our stop on the blog tour for Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger. If you haven’t read this one, you need to hop on this fast track full of lies and deceit. This is one well-crafted entertaining story with exciting twists and turns.
Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Unger returns with her best novel yet. Reminiscent of the classic Strangers on a Train, Confessions on the 7:45 is a riveting psychological thriller that begins with a chance encounter on a commuter train and shows why you should never, ever make conversation with strangers.
Be careful who 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 stunning web of lies and deceit, and a gripping thriller about the delicate facades we create around our lives.
After reading and loving Stranger Inside, I had some high expectations that I tried to leave behind before boarding this train of deceit. Well, not only were those expectations met, they were exceeded!
Confessions on the 7:45 is a clever, compelling, suspenseful story that explores the complexities of marriage while representing the gender roles women and men play well. I was a bit worried about the direction the story was going, and at first, I felt I was on the wrong track going nowhere I wanted to go. What I first thought was another cheating story with toxic male characters and manipulating women playing those expected gender roles in thrillers turned into not what I expect at all.
Lisa Unger hit the mark on what I love about unlikeable characters giving them an unexpected twist that made them very likable to me. Not only are their actions questionable and intriguing, but the turns their characters take are exciting and surprising. She creates strong, well-crafted female characters here that drive the story forward, and while the men do play a bit into their expected gender roles, there is some well-layered depth to them that added tension to the story.
Once I hit the climate to the story, it was full steam ahead for me, and I was pleasantly surprised by how Lisa Unger examed those gender roles of men and women with marriage making this one what I call better reading. I highly recommend it.
A fast paced, gripping and suspenseful domestic thriller!
Selena starts chatting with the woman seated next to her on the train ride home from work one night. They chat with ease and gain comfort from one another as they share their personal stresses and struggles. Selena confides in the woman that she suspects her husband is sleeping with their nanny. Days later, Selena’s nanny doesn’t show up for work. She has disappeared and Selena’s conversation with the woman on the train weighs heavy on her mind. Could there be a connection?
I love this author’s writing! It drew me in from page one and didn’t let go until the twisty ending. I was glued to the pages of this mysterious story that had me guessing at various outcomes along the way. The characters were real — relatable and well developed. I enjoyed the multiple perspectives which provided several layers to this brilliantly plotted thriller. I did guess one of the twists but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment.
The end had a lot going on and felt somewhat overdone, but it fit well with the story and left me satisfied and eager to read whatever this author comes out with next!
Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of eighteen novels, including CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45 (Oct. 2020). With millions of readers worldwide and books published in twenty-six languages, Unger is widely regarded as a master of suspense. Her critically acclaimed books have been voted “Best of the Year” or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, IndieBound and others. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.
Author Website: https://lisaunger.com/ TWITTER: @lisaunger FB: @authorlisaunger Insta: @launger
We received copies from the publisher for the blog tour