The Other Passenger - Louise Candlish

The Other Passenger

By Louise Candlish

  • Release Date: 2020-06-25
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 333 Ratings



The Other Passenger is just brilliant; gripping from the first page Louise Candlish just gets better and better, I love herLisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs

It all happens so quickly. One day you're living the dream, commuting to work by riverbus with your charismatic neighbour Kit in the seat beside you. The next, Kit hasn't turned up for the boat and his wife Melia has reported him missing.

When you get off at your stop, the police are waiting. Another passenger saw you and Kit arguing on the boat home the night before and the police say that you had a reason to want him dead. You protest. You and Kit are friends - ask Melia, she'll vouch for you. And who exactly is this other passenger pointing the finger? What do they know about your lives?

No, whatever danger followed you home last night, you are innocent, totally innocent.

Aren't you?

Praise for The Other Passenger:

‘Filled with really excellent twists’ Stylist

‘The queen of the urban thrillerreturns’ Red

'One of the twistiest plots you'll ever read' Cosmopolitan

‘Stylish, suspensefuland absorbing’ Best
‘You won’t want to put downthis roller coaster read!’ Closer
‘Gripping from start to finish’ Bella

‘Not only is Candlish a terrific storyteller, she has the gift of making you care about unlikable characters’ Guardian

‘I’ll be amazed if we don’t see The Other Passenger on screen before long’ London Evening Standard
‘Thelayers of plot astound’ Sunday Times Crime Club

‘A chillingly addictiveand glamorous thriller' Sunday Post

‘Brilliantly plotted’ Mail on Sunday

This author is so good at twisty yet completely believabledomestic thrillers’ Good Housekeeping

‘Suspenseful and utterly absorbingSunday Mirror

‘The suspense is maddening, and the conclusion refreshing’ Press Association

‘An ingenious thriller’ Irish Independent

‘I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough’ BA Paris

‘A must read!’ Lucy Foley

'Louise Candlish is the queen of the sucker-punch twist' Ruth Ware
'Dark and clever and terrific' Nicci French

'I couldn’t put it down!' Shari Lapena

‘A tightly constructed, corkscrewingplot' Sarah Vaughan

'Psychological suspense at its most elegant and sinister' AJ Finn

'Louise is the mistress of the‘Oh my God, this could be me’nightmare' Fiona Barton

‘A stunning masterwork of style and suspense’ Jeffery Deaver?

'Equal parts riveting, twisty, and unsettling' Stephanie Wrobel

'An instant classic' Mark Edwards 

'Outstanding' Catherine Isaac


  • An incredible read!

    This is one of the most enjoyable and readable books I have ever read! I couldn’t put it down, and I couldn’t wait to snuggle up and get back to it I didn’t want it to end! Thank you for writing such a fantastic book Highly recommended *****
  • Thoroughly enjoyed

    By Mecc cc
    I was so hoping the ending would live up to the rest of the book and it kept me guessing right until the very end. Didn’t disappoint
  • Brilliant read :)

    By PTurner1
    Brilliant. Don’t normally bother to write reviews but wanted to make the effort for this one. I honestly couldn’t put it down. I would say a slow burner at first and then suddenly (within literally a sentence) it turns into this twisting, hidden plot thriller. Different to many other books I have read so a refreshing read. Loved the writing style too. Wanted to know what happens but also didn’t want to get to the end. Need to find another book as good as this one now! :)
  • Brilliant

    By sj2991
    I have read so many stale and predictable thrillers recently that this was SUCH a welcome change. Excellent twists and turns, exciting and unique in both setting and no attempt to give you a ‘hero’ to root for. Loved it.
  • My favourite thriller of 2020

    By Swindonmum
    I’m thrilled to share my review for the latest book by Louise Candlish. Synopsis: On the morning of Monday 23rd December, Jamie Buckby takes the commuter riverboat from his home in St Mary’s, southeast London, to work in Central London, noting that his good friend and neighbour Kit Roper has not turned up for the 7.30am service they usually catch together. At the London Eye, where he disembarks for his job in a café behind the South Bank Centre, Jamie is met by the police. Kit has been reported missing by his wife. As Jamie is taken in for questioning, he discovers someone saw him arguing with Kit on the boat home late on Friday night. The other passenger believes Jamie committed murder. But what really happened? My thoughts: This book was one of my May Spring Bank Holiday reads in our sunny back garden during Lockdown – thank you to Simon and Schuster UK for a stunning proof copy (my thoughts are my own and not influenced by the receipt of the free proof copy). This is the first Louise Candlish novel I have read. I must admit that I have a copy of Our House sat in a large pile of books waiting to be read, after seeing many favourable reviews (it has now been moved up the pile). The story kept me enthralled throughout – where is Kit? Who wanted him out of the way and why? Who is the other passenger? The suspense built nicely, the flaws in the main characters start to be divulged and there are lots of flaws and suspects. I enjoyed the location of the book too – a virtual visit to London during Lockdown. As I would hate to give away any spoilers, I’m going to stop here and say that this is my favourite thriller of 2020 and a 5 star read. Full of suspense and twists, jealousy and lies. I have seen a lot of praise for this book in the media and I expect it will be topping the book charts, once published later this month