Girl + train = bestseller

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
3 words: unputdownable, dark, surprising
So this
book blew onto the scene like a gale-force wind. Biggest debut blockbuster inthe history of the universe. They’re printing copies night and day. 
So when
the word began to spread (months ago),
I placed a hold and then read this thing in like two days. 
That’s
the kind of book it is. If people return it as soon as they finish it, the
waiting lists at libraries are gonna move fast—because once you start reading,
it’s hard to put the book down.
The
premise: Rachel is divorced and alcoholic and lonely, and on her daily train
commute, she watches a young couple who live near her old house. And she makes
up a story about how they have this beautiful marriage and are living the life
she’s been denied.
Then the
wife goes missing.
And
Rachel discovers that while she was in a drunken stupor, she was in the
vicinity, stalking her ex-husband.
So all
the comparisons to Gone Girl are
apt: we’ve got an unreliable narrator, an entire cast of screwed-up characters,
and a woman disappears under suspicious circumstances.
And,
similar to Gone Girl, the book grabs
hold of you and doesn’t let go.
Deeply
meaningful? No.
Fun, in
a rather dreadful, voyeuristic way? Heck, yeah.  

by

Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

9 thoughts on “Girl + train = bestseller

  1. I keep hearing about this book…most of it good, some of it not so good. One of my friends didn't like any of the characters, but I like that it's one of those 'unputdownable' books. Might have to give it a try. 🙂

  2. Lark — I agree with your friend: the characters (*all* of them!) are completely unlikeable. And usually that's a deal breaker for me. But the plot grabbed me and held on.

    But the characters… Prepare to dislike.

  3. That's good to know. It's definitely the plot I find intriguing,kind of like Hitchcock's Rear Window. But I'm glad you warned me about the characters.

  4. Rear Window is a good comparison. (Though: in the movie I liked the 2nain characters)

    There's also a novella in the Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman, The Girl in the Green Raincoat, that is Rear Window-esque

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