BOOK REVIEW: Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

Title: Confessions on the 7:45
Author: Lisa Unger
Publication: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Park Row
Genre: Thriller, Domestic Thriller
Pages: 315

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Everyone has a secret… Now she knows yours.

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.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I have been a fan of Lisa Unger for years and was excited to see her new novel, Confessions on the 7:45, to show up in my email. The story synopsis made it sound intriguing, very psychological in nature, and tons of suspense. I wasn’t disappointed in any of those topics.

This story had a lot of suspense and a lot of “oh my gosh, what’s going to happen?” moments. I disliked many of the characters, but I feel like they were written to dislike to begin with, so I didn’t feel so bad.

My biggest issue with this novel was the beginning. There were a LOT of characters introduced in the first six or seven chapters and I was struggling to remember who was part of which part of the story. I also found the beginning to be a bit slow on the pickup. It wasn’t until about the 20% mark in the story that it started to really become interesting and pick up for me.

Otherwise, I was intrigued and found the story to have a lot of twists and turns, most of which I did not see coming or could not figure it out. The characters are interesting as you try and figure out why they do what they do and what part they may play in the story. Unger does a good job of twisting a catching tale to keep you guessing the whole time. I’ll definitely continue to enjoy her stories.


Pick up your copy of Confessions on the 7:45 on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and check your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. Check out more from author Lisa Unger on her website HERE.

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