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Today I am reviewing The Passenger by Daniel Hurst. This was released on the 28th of March, published by Inkubator Books.

Book Blurb

She takes the same train every day. But this is a journey she’ll never forget.

Amanda is a hardworking single mum, completely focused on her job and her daughter, Louise. She’s been saving for years and now, finally, she can afford to give up work and chase her dream.

But then, on her commute home from London to Brighton, she meets a charming stranger – who seems to know everything about her.

He delivers an ultimatum . She needs to give him the code for the safe where she keeps her savings before the train reaches Brighton – or she’ll never see Louise again.

Convinced that the threat is real, Amanda is stunned, horrified. She knows she should give him the code, but she can’t. Because she also knows there is a terrible secret in that safe which will destroy her life and Louise’s too…

The Passenger – the stunning psychological thriller with a nerve-shredding climax. Perfect for fans of Mark Edwards, K.L. Slater, Miranda Rijks.

Single mother Amanda has done it tough over the years working hard to provide for herself and her daughter Louise. Now that Louise is grown and can fend for herself, it’s time for Amanda to fulfil her dream of becoming an author. Leaving her job after saving enough money to be able to do so, Amanda is set to making this dream a reality. But all that threatens to come crashing down when she finds herself in the sight of a stalker who is after the money. His demand is for Amanda to give him the code for her safe or she will never see her daughter again… What then plays out is a wide ride from start to finish!

The story takes place over the course of Amanda’s train commute home from London to Brighton and a couple of hours after. I do have to admit that these types of stories told over such a short timeframe do make me nervous, having read some similar that try to pack so much in, that the outcome is rushed or not all tied up. I was so pleased that I had nothing to fear in this case. Daniel Hurst has done a stellar job and The Passengers is one of the best I have ever read using this format.

A new author to me, Daniel Hurst has really impressed me with this book. So much so I have now gone back and bought his whole back catalogue to devour. He has an easy style and knows how to get the readers attention as he expertly pulls you in, unable to tear yourself away. The Passenger is also the epitome of the phrases page turner and nail biting read. I could not flick the pages on my kindle fast enough, or stop biting my nails as the tension and suspense was raised higher and higher with each chapter. Talk about being on the edge of your seat! I was nearly on the floor as it progressed!!

The Passenger is such a clever, thrilling and entertaining read that provided many heart racing moments and revelations that took me by surprise. A well executed and written story with strong characters, makes this a first class psychological thriller that I am so glad I got the chance to read. This is one book you need to add to your reading for this year. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Passenger which I highly recommend.

Thank you to Daniel Hurst, Inkubator Books and Booksprout for allowing me the opportunity of reading an advanced copy of The Passenger, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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Let’s Get to Know Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst writes psychological thrillers and loves to tell tales about unusual things happening to normal people. He has written all his life, making the progression from handing scribbled stories to his parents as a boy to writing full length novels in his thirties.

He lives in the North West of England and when he isn’t writing, he is usually watching a game of football in a pub where his wife can’t find him.

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