Review: The Passengers by John Marrs

The Passengers

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

This is the first John Marrs book that I’ve read. I’m happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking up his previous works to add to my TBR pile.

The Passengers was one of those books with that magic indefinable something that kept me picking it up in any spare moment I had. Libby was a strong and interesting character. The slow reveal of her back story along with those of the people trapped in the cars was well done.

If I’m being picky (and I am) there were a couple of points that I felt let the book down a little – mostly around Claire’s character, and it was a pet peeve of mine. I won’t say what as I don’t want to spoil anything but it did make me roll my eyes and wish for a little more realism.

However the suspense and intrigue of The Passengers kept going right until the last page and I found it overall to be an enjoyable read.

With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random House/Ebury for an advance copy in return for review. The Passengers is published 30 May 2019

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