Feb: Currently reading…
Blurb: Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
I finished reading The Girl on the Train this weekend. It has been compared to Gone Girl and while I do see the similarities I prefer Gone Girl. Having said that, The Girl on The Train kept my attention on my morning commute (a fitting title!) and was better than just reading the tube posters. It is told by three narrators; Rachel (the novel’s protagonist), Anna and Megan. I found Rachel’s narrative to be quite annoying and the sequence of events aren’t very credible at times. Rachel’s drinking problem and blackouts (coupled with her obsession with her ex-husband) make her read like an unreliable narrator, on top of that she isn’t a very likable character (neither are Anna and Megan) and I wasn’t compelled to root for her. To be honest, I wasn’t drawn to any of the characters in the book so I felt quite indifferent about the ending.
I have now downloaded two books on my Kindle that I am really excited to read: Hold the Dark and Bonkers. Just can’t decide which to start first!
Blurb: Hold the Dark by William Giraldi is a terrifying literary thriller set on the Alaskan tundra, about the mystery of evil and mankind’s losing battle with nature. Wolves have come for the children of Keelut. Three children have been taken from this isolated Alaskan village, including the six-year-old boy of Medora and Vernon Slone. Wolf expert Russell Core arrives in Keelut to investigate the killings and learns of the horrifying darkness at the heart of Medora. When her husband returns from a desert war to discover his boy dead and his wife missing, he begins a maniacal pursuit that cuts a bloody swathe across the frozen landscape. As Core attempts to rescue Medora from her husband’s vengeance, he comes face to face with an unspeakable secret about the indestructible bonds of family, and the untamed animal in the soul of every human being.
An epic woven of both blood and myth, Hold the Dark recalls the extreme climate and tribalism of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone and the primeval violence of James Dickey’s Deliverance.
Blurb: Jennifer Saunders’ comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names.
But it’s Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends and occasional heartache – but never misery.
BONKERS is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn.
There’s cancer, too, when she becomes ‘Brave Jen’. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination. As she admits, ‘There has never been a Plan. Everything has been fairly random, happened by accident or just fallen into place. I’m off now, to do some sweeping…’
What books have you been reading? Would love to hear your recommendations 🙂