24 Book Challenge: A Book from the 2016 Best Seller’s List

The following is a book review by The Ameri Brit Mom. This is book #8 from The Ameri Brit Mom 24 Book Challenge in 2016. This post expresses the genuine opinion and experiences of The Ameri Brit Mom and is in no way endorsed by authors, publishers, or outside influences.

Title: The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Copyright Date: 2015

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As I’m over in England it is only fitting that I read a best seller inspired by London commuters. The Girl on the Train is a thriller based on an unreliable narrator, deceit, affairs, and drama. I purchased this book a few months ago and awaited its reading since the moment I brought it home. From page one, I was engaged with the story. I felt involved in the events as they unfolded and as though I was working alongside the police department to uncover the details of the horrific crimes discussed.

Rachel Watson always rides the 8:04 train into London. Rain or shine Rachel boards the carriage and takes a seat by the window. She passes the time watching the people and houses along the tracks. In her mind she creates stories about each of the people she passes including “Jess” and “Jason” who live along the tracks in Witney.

When Megan, the girl she has named Jess, goes missing Rachel believes she may have witnessed clues to help move the case along. At the risk of sounding like a busybody Rachel reaches out to the husband. Recently, unemployed due to alcoholism, Rachel raises some red flags to those around her when she contributes to the details surrounding the missing person. As the case unfolds Rachel realizes that she has more at stake than she thought.

This is a story of the fallout of lies. Set in suburban London this book explores the realities of pain and heartache caused by the people that are most beloved.

I enjoyed the way this book was written from different perspectives using a timeline in the title of each chapter which allowed me the chance, as the reader, to work out the truth for myself. If you’ve ever read Gone Girl, you will notice several similarities between these books. Both protagonists suffer at the hands of ones they have loved.

The Ameri Brit Mom

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