Basically, I’m picking a book a month to read. Just one book. The selection will vary, but I’ll be reading it, and sometime near the end of the month, I’ll write-up some thoughts about it. Some books will be romance. Some thrillers. Some classics. Some nonfiction. And some just way out of left field.
As for my write-up on each book, they won’t be traditional reviews. More like proof I finished the story, as well as some deeper reflections. If you join my fan group on Facebook, you can interact with me about it there, too.
February’s selection is The Girl on the Train.
Haven’t heard of it? You will. It’s at #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list right now, and debuted on the NYT bestseller list. It’s a debut novel from Paula Hawkins, and it’s burning up the critical reviews as well as the charts. Some people are comparing it to Gone Girl, but I’m not going into this read thinking that it is. I’m reading it for its own merit and not for a comparison to any other book.
Here’s the synopsis: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
Sounds good, huh?