Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

My take: 4 looks

Wowza!! Paula Hawkins is not new to writing thanks to a career in journalism, but this is her first novel. And it is a beaut. Honest and gritty in its portrayal of a Rachel, lonely, alcoholic divorced and unemployed, it brought to mind the classic "The Lost Weekend" by Charles R. Jackson. Some parts will make you cringe, she is so pitiful in her state.

Riding back and forth on the train each day not only supports the ruse for her roommate of a steady job, but it also adds a little light to her days and nights. Taking the same trains, she passes by the home she shared with her ex-husband, now occupied by his new family.

Down the way a bit is another couple that Paula keeps her eye on, making up names for them, as well as their story. When the view is not all as it should be one day, her already untidy world gets even messier.

Heralded as the new "Gone Girl" by many, this is a fast and satisfying read. Coming on the scene with a vengeance, it has created immediate buzz in literary circles. DreamWorks has already optioned the rights to a movie. It is a page-turner and highly recommended.

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