For the past two years, Rachel has been living with an old friend from college, she moved in after her husband had an affair and they divorced. One thing that led to the affair? Rachel’s drinking, which she is still struggling with today. Drinking led to a divorce and even to her losing her job, embarrassed and not wanting to tell her flat mate, she continues on, leaving each day as she would for work. Every day, Rachel does the same thing, she rides the same train each morning and each afternoon, sitting in the same car each time. At […]
This book is pretty bad, ya’ll. Like not very good at all. It suffers from a lot of issues. One, the world created within it is so poorly rendered it seems but overwhelming and fake. So there’s pretty much nothing in this book that has anything connecting it to the wider world. It’s all PLOT PLOT PLOT PLOT and nothing else, which CAN be fine but just doesn’t work here because she TRYING so hard to make this richer and real. There’s a historical context subplot that adds nothing. There’s a fake feminist feel to this novel that reads like […]
The Drowning Pool is a place where many women have lost their lives, whether that be through suicide, accident, or through being too troublesome for the men around them. Nel Abbott has been fascinated with the Drowning Pool for most of her life, which has now ended in the same place. But her sister, come to take care of the daughter that Nel has left behind, doesn’t believe that Nel would have jumped. And so starts our mystery, delving into the secrets and lies of the locals, all of whom have a connection to Nel as well as to those […]
Another Cannonball favorite finally made its way up my TBR list, and I had mixed feelings. I honestly don’t know why any reviews anywhere ever would call this book fast-paced, because the pace was absolutely killing me for the first half. Nothing happened but cryptic allusions to secrets and Rachel’s alcoholism and depression. I hated it for a while. Every time I put it down I’d feel kind of sad and crappy about life for a few hours before I finally realized that Rachel’s miserable inner life was rubbing off on me. Ugh. The story finally picked up entirely too […]
I succumbed and read The Girl on the Train! Why the hell didn’t any of you warn me that it would be impossible not to take it way too personally? J’accuse! (Just kidding; I like to stay unspoiled and wouldn’t have listened to you anyway.) What’s funny is that I listen to the “My Favorite Murder” podcast, and I’ve listened to their promo for the movie a whole bunch of times, in which the script goes “devasted by her recent divorce…” blah blah blah blah. But what I didn’t expect from this novel was the Real Talk portrait of a […]
I know I’m late to the party on this book, and that it was a Very Big Deal some time ago, but kind of like the Martian it took me a while to catch up. Frankly? Unlike the Martian, with this book I don’t think I actually missed much.
The titular girl on the train is Rachel, an alcoholic, unemployed divorcee who commutes into London every day because she can’t admit to her flatmate that she lost her job. The train takes her past her old neighbourhood, where her ex-husband now lives with his current wife and their baby daughter. In the same neighbourhood lives another couple, whose lives Rachel fantasizes about. She makes up names and stories about them and how happy they are together. Until something goes wrong, and Rachel thinks she knows what. In diary form, we follow Rachel as she tries to find out what […]
I’d heard (mostly) good things about Paula Hawkins’ thriller and was excited for a mystery to round out my year. (Only one book left to my half cannonball, and hopefully enough time to eek out a victory!). I chose to tackle this one as an audiobook, and it worked very well in this format, though I can’t give a completely enthusiastic report; Hawkins ran out of steam and the pay-off at the end fell flat. Each chapter jumps around to the perspective of the three main narrators: Rachel, Megan, and Anna and it is a battle royale of the unreliable […]