Saturday, March 26, 2016

"I'm not normal"

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

This week I finished reading The Girl On The Train (2015) by British autor Paula Hawkins, who tried romantic comedy fiction before trying some darker stuff. She wrote the book over the course of six months, achieving almost instant commercial breakthrough by debuting at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list, remaining in the top position for 13 consecutive weeks. I found the book via Tumblr and I was immediately drawn to the title and the cover. The movie rights to The Girl On The Train were acquired by DreamWorks Pictures in 2014. The movie is slated for an October release and will star Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson.

The skinny

The Girl On The Train is told from the point of view of three different women: Rachel, Anna and Megan. Rachel takes up the bulk of the story. She is a 32-year-old alcoholic, reeling from her failed marriage to Tom, who left her for Anna, his mistress. Since she has lost her job, her days are pretty much filled with blackout-inducing booze binges and harrassing Tom (and Anna, and their daughter) by phone and in person. In an attempt to conceal her unemployment, Rachel keeps up her old routine of riding the train to London every day, looking longingly at her former hosue (occupied by Tom and his new family). She also begins compulsively watching an attractive couple who live a few houses away from Tom, fantasizing about their perfectly happy life together. 

The review

Looking for a well-written, precisely plotted pscyhological thriller? Then go read this book!

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