Book Review- Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

Posted October 12, 2020 by shooting in Book Review / 21 Comments

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Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

copy from publisher; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: 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.

Review: Confessions on the 7:45 is reminiscent of Strangers on a Train, but don’t worry – this is no copycat story. The book follows various point of views, and slowly but surely, they start to connect and make sense. One of the most prominent POV’s is Selena, who meets a stranger named Martha on the train home from work one night. She discloses a secret, after Martha reveals one of her own, and from then on, Selena’s life begins to unravel.


Her nanny goes missing; she’s being questioned by the police, as is her husband. Selena wants to pretend that she has a picture perfect life, but it’s not true, and cracks are forming everywhere.

At first, I thought the various POV’s were going to be confusing, but it didn’t take long to get adjusted. Plus, once things started to come together more, it all made sense, and you realize that the POV’s are all needed. I guessed some of the connections and secrets as I read, but I didn’t figure out the entire mystery and I love that. It’s fun to guess correctly here and there, but a good mystery keeps you reading and wondering and still surprises you.

This is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Unger, but I definitely need to dig into her backlist. I love a well-done mystery, and this was definitely one!

21 responses to “Book Review- Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

  1. I’ve never read Lisa Unger before but I like the sound of this one. I agree a good mystery lets you figure out a few things but ultimately keeps you guessing. Fab review, Lauren! 🙂

  2. I’m trying to remember if I’ve actually tried this author or just thought about trying her LOL! That is so sad. Anyways, I love a good mystery this time of year so I will definitely look this one up and grab it! Wonderful review!

  3. Dorothy Boucher

    What a great book this sounds like, I hope all works out for Martha and what is she going to find out..

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