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 […]
This is a book, and now a movie, that should not be spoiled, so don’t read past the spoiler warning if you haven’t already read the book. Although, I was 99% sure I knew who the murderer was and why fairly quickly. I wasn’t surprised, but this book is really more about uncovering memory and revealing the things we already know, than it is an actual whodunnit. Rachel is an alcoholic who gets black out drunk. She is having a hard time moving on from the end of her marriage. A lot of people have found her to be unlikable, […]
3.5 stars Rachel, trying to drown the sorrows of her recent divorce in alcohol and denial travels to London on the train every morning and back to the suburb where she shares a flat with an old friend in the evenings. As she passes the area where she used to live, she observes a seemingly golden couple and makes up a fantasy narrative about their life to comfort herself in her loneliness. She’s named them Jess and Jason and believes them to have a perfect relationship, in contrast to her miserable life, post failed-marriage. One day, she sees “Jess” kissing […]
When a random woman at Costco goes out of her way to recommend a book to you, then you listen–especially when that book is already on your to-read list. I had to wait forever for The Girl on the Train (2015) by Paula Hawkins to become available at my library. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had heard good things. The Girl on the Train is a murder mystery. In many ways it reminded me of Gone Girl and other books by Gillian Flynn–primarily because both Flynn and Hawkins excel at writing unlikable characters. This story centers around Rachel, one of […]