Book Review Tuesday: Confesions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger @lisaunger #domesticthriller

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Happy Tuesday! I’m finally getting caught up with my book reviews, so I’m changing up the format a bit. I normally don’t provide the blurb when I review, but since I’m planning on doing only one book per week, I thought I’d start adding in the blurbs. I still have several back burner reviews, but I may not end up sharing them all. For today, here’s a fabulous domestic thriller.

Selena Murphy is commuting home on the train when she strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat. The woman introduces herself as Martha and soon 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.

Then the nanny disappears.

As Selena is pulled into the mystery of what happened, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, she begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover…


The plot of this novel sucked me as soon as I read it. Selena, a mother of two, is coming home on the train after a day at her office when the woman beside her strikes up a conversation. Martha confesses to sleeping with her boss, and in a moment of uncharacteristic openness, Selena confesses she believes her husband is sleeping with her nanny, Geneva. When the train reaches its destination, the two part ways. Not long afterward, Geneva goes missing.

As the police launch an investigation, Selena’s marriage and her whole world implodes. Who was the woman on the train, and why is Selena suddenly receiving text messages from her?

I found this book a bit slow getting off the ground, especially when a third character outside of the main thread (Pearl) was introduced. Although I liked Pearl—a lot—there were a few hiccups in following what was happening and when. By the middle of the book, however, I was hooked and couldn’t read fast enough to see how everything played out.

The twists and turns, much like left and right jabs, kept flying out of nowhere. A few elements stretch the imagination, but for sheer entertainment value, this is a delicious psychological thriller with a superbly satisfying ending. Another book I would love to see made into a movie. I will definitely seek out more by this author.



I’m glad I stuck with this one despite the slow start. The payoff was entirely worth it and I made another dent in the TBR!

As always, whatever tale you’re presently enjoying, I wish you happy reading!

53 thoughts on “Book Review Tuesday: Confesions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger @lisaunger #domesticthriller

  1. Sounds like a great review. So tempted to buy but I’m desperately trying to wheedle down my TBR list. (Says the person who bought two books last week and two more yesterday!) Putting it on my wishlist.

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  2. I enjoyed this book too and so glad you did as well. I agree about the pace in the beginning. I think that was the only issue I really had with the book but you quickly forget about it once the pace picks up. Wonderful review!

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  3. Good review. I like including the blurb. I’m considering doing that also. I’ve had the same experience with a book that starts slow, I want to quit, thinking 3/5, and then it explodes. It makes me really glad I stuck with it!

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    • Since I was only doing one book today I thought it would be good to include the blurb. If I have days where I review more than one book I might go back to my old format, but I do like this one, Jacqui.
      I think this was probably more 4ish at the start, but it definitely exploded, as you said. I loved it!

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  4. I enjoy Lisa Unger’s novels. Even though they do tend to slog at the beginning, as a reader I know I’m in expert hands and payoff will be worth it. Excellent review, Mae. Adding another book to my TBR because of you. LOL

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  5. I’ve seen this book around but didn’t think it would catch my interest.. You’ve changed my mind, I had to add it to my tbr. This was a wonderful review, thank you!☺

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