“Confessions on the 7:45” is about rage – ugly, pure, and white-hot. It is also about people, people who are unpredictable, people who pretend that nothing is wrong when nothing is right. Unger positions readers as observers, going back and forth in time, viewing the problems of the characters today and looking back to when their view of the world began to change.
Selena Murphy missed the early train. Husband Graham and their two boys, Stephen and Oliver, were waiting at home. On the 7:45 train, she took a seat beside a young woman; the woman asked quietly “Did you ever do something you really regretted?”
The characters are complex and multi-faceted. Selena has a troubled marriage. Anne and Geneva have troubled workplaces. Pearl is a troubled child trying to find her way. Hunter is one of those cops who “Reads too many Michael Connelly novels. Thinks he’s Bosch.” and is investigating cold cases. Their stories unfold in separate threads until they unexpectedly become intertwined.
“Confessions on the 7:45” started as a little problem with an unfaithful husband and quickly morphed into something more complex and much more sinister. People were not prepared for the events or the people they confronted. There was no undoing the bad without losing the good. They had to move forward, recalculate, recalibrate, and find a new path. I received a review copy of “Confessions on the 7:45” from Lisa Unger, Park Row, and HarperCollins. It was impossible to stop reading. The plot was like a snowball rolled from the top of a hill, small and slow at first, but quickly gaining speed and momentum until the final gigantic crash at the end.