CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45
Author: Lisa Unger
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Park Row Books
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.
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.
Author Website: https://lisaunger.com/
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]
Confessions on the 7:45 is a new mystery suspense thriller by author Lisa Unger.
One night on the train ride home Selena Murphy spills her worries to the passenger next to her. She feels a connection with this stranger and confesses her fears of her husband sleeping with her nanny. After confronting her husband the nanny goes missing, and she second guesses her prior choice to confide in a stranger. The happy life she’s portrayed to the world is far from it. The more she learns, she realizes she doesn’t know her husband as well as she thought, and she probably shouldn’t have ignored her instincts when it came to him. As her life spirals out of control the nightmare she’s found herself in holds more secrets than she could ever imagine.
I knew going into this that it was going to touch on cheating because in the synopsis it states Selena suspects her husband infidelity, but I was unprepared for it being constant and the main plot line. In this novel men cheating on their husbands was excepted as the normal and as women we were to fix the problem and move on. The whole thing was frustrating but aside from that, the story had some great plot twists. It was layered nicely with different character point of views and revelations at the right times.
Confessions on the 7:45 was an interesting and decent mystery suspense. However, I will be honest if this same book was written but the genders were reversed ( man suspecting of his wife’s infidelity and then confiding in another male on the train and progress from there) I would have enjoyed this much better and it wouldn’t have felt so predictable or cliché.