As most of you know, I took some time off from work and blogging for our vacation in Arizona. Getting back into the swing of things as a freelancer took some time – I was waiting on clients to give me work again and I was trying to get myself back into blogging mode. As of late last week, things are back to normal on the work-front and I feel more motivated than ever with this blog.
Anyways, early last week I had some downtime. I knew I didn’t have much work so I decided to purchase The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
As a writer, I’m really not that much of a reader. I love reading blogs and informative articles online, but I never really had a bunch of extra time to devote to reading. Since I loved The Girl on the Train so much, though, I’m planning on changing that. While I read that book in just two days and won’t normally be able to commit that much time, I can definitely commit 15-30 minutes per day on reading, something that is just for me.
The Girl on the Train had me hooked from the first page. The main character – Rachel – is a divorced and unemployed alcoholic. She doesn’t want her roommate to know she’s unemployed, so she continues to ride the London train day in and day out at the same time. She passes by a row of houses each day and envisions what their lives must be like. Megan and Scott are, in her mind, the perfect couple. She sees them out on their terrace a few times a week and desperately wishes to have what they have. Until, one day, Megan goes missing. Rachel was at the scene of the crime, but due to her drinking that makes her black out, she has no memory of anything.
The book had me on edge the entire time. About half-way through, I could not put it down. I needed to see how it ended. I must say, I’m normally pretty good at guessing who the suspect is, but this time I was completely surprised.
The book is also told from three women’s views – Rachel’s, Megan’s and Anna’s (Anna is the new wife of Rachel’s ex-husband). I loved hearing the story from three different views.
If you’re in need of a good read, I cannot recommend this book enough!
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