What I’m Reading: The Girl on the Train


I just finished up listening to the audio book The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  If you read a couple earlier blog posts you’ll know that this book was highly recommended to me.  That sometimes makes me nervous because I think that it will be hyped to be so wonderful and even if it’s really good, I’ll think it wasn’t as good as the hype.  As I listened I tried really hard to not think about the hype.  In the end, that was easy because the book sucked me in.

I have to say I really did like the book.  I guessed the mystery about mid-book…but I was never certain so it kept me reading.  Then as something more was revealed, I’d say yep..I’m on the right track.

I read the negative Amazon reviews after the book was done and really didn’t agree with them.  One suggested that there was too much detail.  I didn’t think so.  One suggested that it was slow.  I listened to an audio version and once or twice I thought that for a second and then I thought no..the slow spots are what makes the book good as it builds the anticipation.

If you like mysteries, I whole hardheartedly suggest giving it a try.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about the book, “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.

Amazon readers say 4.1 stars and my reaction is WHAT ARE THEY THINKING??   I’d go with a 5.  I’d definitely recommend the book.

Are there other books you’d suggest?

What I’m Reading: Unbroken


I just finished up the audio book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.  I was quick to put myself on the waiting list to read this book when I saw that it was about WWII.  I am still a history buff.

It was a good book.  Some people might not like it some will.  I liked it because I am a history buff and I appreciated knowing facts that went along with the story.  I appreciated knowing how many people died in Japanese POW camps and what they died from.  I appreciated knowing statics and war facts beyond the original story of Louis Zamperini.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.”

I am always a big fan of books with strong characters that fight to live through conditions that were meant to break them.  I read them and always wonder, could I do that?  At what point would I break?  Like Holocaust books I find myself a little disgusted with myself I have a reading appreciation of such books.  I’d never want to say I enjoyed reading/listening to them as the book wouldn’t be here if someone didn’t truly live through that.  Anyway…no matter how I say it, I’ll say this.  The book was well worth my time.

Amazon readers say 4.8 stars.  I’m going with 4.5.  I am off to start a new book.  This one was highly recommended, The Girl on the Train.  I hope it lives up to the hype.

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