Thursday, October 8, 2020

Review: Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

Confessions on the 7:45
by Lisa Unger

Publisher: Park Row
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Be careful to whom 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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Selena Murphy jumps on a train to get home to her family and she ends up on a broken train next to a woman at a vulnerable time where she tells everything about her husband, her life and her fears for the future.  This woman confesses her own things and tells of being the other woman in an affair and that she wants to change her ways.  A nanny, an affair and twists and turns make up this story.  

Told through many perspectives and without much explanation as in dates, times or places, it takes a bit to figure out the basics of the main women telling the story.  Thrown in towards the end are a few chapters told from an investigator's point of view and although he gave some interesting clues, I felt as though it was oddly thrown in and not sure I would have included his point of view.  I would have just allowed the ladies to tell the whole story.  

Maybe I am overdone on psychological thrillers, but this book felt like just another one where you can't trust anyone and eventually they will all be connected.  I have read quite a few of these recently and I could be burnt out because when this one ended I was just not surprised or inspired.  I felt as though I knew the ending very early on and I figured out the connections too soon; which made me sad.  

Although I didn't love this book, I am not going to count this author out and will read another by Lisa Unger.  

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 100 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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