Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This is a bit of a hot book right now and is my selection for my book club for this year.  It won't be on our book club schedule for a few months yet, but I wanted to give it a read early to see how I felt about it.

Rachel is a woman who rides the train from the suburbs into London every day.  Taking the same trains every day, looking out the windows, she starts to see some familiar scenes each day.  One area she likes to keep an eye on is the street where she formerly lived with her husband before their marriage ended.  A few doors down, a new couple has moved in.  She often sees them out on their terrace and has invented a history for them.  One day she sees something amiss at their house, and when she reads in the news that the woman who lives in that house has gone missing, she feels she needs to get involved.  But not only has she invented a history for these people, Rachel is also an alcoholic who often has blackouts where she can't remember anything that happens to her for a period of time.  So can her information be trusted?  Will her desire to help only cause problems to the investigation?

This is a fun, fast-paced book with some good twists and turns.  It's not going to go down in history as one of the great thrillers of all time, but it is a fun, exciting read.  It is being called the next Gone Girl, but I can't really comment on that, because I haven't read that one.  It's a quick read and I think you'll probably enjoy it.

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