Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger
10/6/20; 368 pages
Park Row Books
Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger is a very highly recommended unputdownable psychological thriller.
Murphy is commuting home, late on the 7:45. Earlier she watched on her
home surveillance camera her husband, Graham, sleeping with their
nanny, Geneva, for the second time in a week as their sons Oliver and
Stephen are distracted watching TV. Now she is unsure what to do about
this situation. She ends up sitting next to a woman, who introduces
herself as Martha, on the train and the two share an immediate
connection. When the train stalls on the tracks the two strike up a
conversation. Martha confesses she is having an affair with her boss and
Selena confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the
nanny. Selena, wondering why she shared so much to a stranger is sure
the two will never meet again. When she arrives at home, Selena
confronts her husband who leaves for a few days. Days later Geneva is
reported as missing by her sister and as her employers Selena and Graham
are questioned. Even more stunning is that Martha, the woman from the
train, has suddenly started texting Selena, who doesn't recall sharing
information with her.
The writing is incredible. Unger has packed Confessions on the 7:45
full of nail-biting suspense and psychological manipulation. Lies and
deceit are swirling around and the plot is gripping and finely layered.
This is truly an unputdownable, satisfying thriller. Even when you think
you know exactly what is going on, you actually don't. Oh, you may have
parts figured out but this narrative is going to surprise you. Geneva's
disappearance seems to be the major mystery, but it is just a part of
what is going on. There are several other conundrums and questions that
The characters are wonderfully realized and the women are strong,
capable characters. The chapters mainly alternate between the narrative
of two different women, with a few chapters sharing Oliver's
observations. Obviously Selena is one of the characters, but the other,
Anne, is a woman of mystery and many names. But don't trust anyone -
every single character in this novel is hiding something and has some
secret even while the outward picture they try to present to others is
that of competent people with everything all together.
This is a compelling, riveting, and compulsively readable novel that will command your attention throughout the whole novel!
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Park Row Books.