I have recently lost my reading mojo. You know what it’s like, life takes over, nowadays I’m lucky if I can get a wee in peace without being called from one area of the house or another, let alone read an entire book. In the evenings I usually manage to catch up on Eastenders before I’m up again packing school bags and washing up dinner.
During the summer holidays life is a bit different for us, I work in a school so I luckily get the holidays off! Yay for me! This week we headed off to sunny Dorset to visit my Mum, I was without the spring to my step, the right to my left… My husband. He had to stay behind to work so off I went, fifty billion bags and two children to entertain. We were staying in a hotel and I knew the evenings would be a bit lonely so I borrowed a book from a friend last minute.
The book is called The Girl on The Train. By Paula Hawkins.
Now I have to admit here, I’m not a huge reader. I know my ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ from my ‘Gruffalo’, in fact I would go as far as to say that there are at least twenty children’s books I could read from memory to you right now. But adult fiction is somewhat alien to me at the moment. I don’t have a type. The last book I read was about 18 months ago and was the ‘new’ Bridget Jones one (again, borrowed) which I loved. Im a bit of a girly girl, I do like to be able to put myself into the story and understand the characters.
I trust my friend though when she tells me I’ll love it, so I get stuck in to my ‘psychological thriller’.
She’s right, I do love it. I can immediately empathise with the main character Rachel. She’s (I’m guessing) around my age, wanted the things I did, a career, children etc. Only it didn’t quite happen for her, maybe she’s like me only with some different decisions and choices. A bit like ‘sliding doors’. I loved that movie!
The story follows Rachel through her daily train journey past her old home, the home she lived in happily with her husband, her ex husband who cheated on her and now lives with his new girlfriend and their child in their marital home. Rachel completes this journey every day, observing the comings and goings of the houses on her old street. But one day she sees something different, something that will change her life and the lives of others forever. Rachel’s decisions now mark out the paths of the future.
Have you ever been out and drank too much and some how the next day you have bits missing? I know I have, years ago. You rely on your friends to fill in the gaps. What happens if your friends weren’t there to tell you what you did? What could you.. drunken you, do?
I read this book from cover to cover in four days, ok, evenings. It’s a true page turner, from one twist to another, you never quite know what will happen next, who to trust and where the story will end.
If you watched Marcella? The crime drama that hit ITV earlier this year? If you loved Marcella, like me, you’ll love this thriller.
An easy read I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a summer read, beware, you won’t want to put it down though!
I have also just been to Watertsones and bought two new books on ‘buy one, get one half price’. They are ‘I Let You Go’ by Clare Mackintosh and ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn. I think they’re very similar to this so stay tuned for reviews on these two as well 🙂
Have you read Girl On The Train or something similar you think we would like? Please let us know in the comments below.