So it’s not really like it sounds. I mean, it is but it isn’t. One of us had the idea to do a walking Book Club for the last of the Issaquah Wine Walk days and so we switched it up a little. I thought it was a perfect summer kick-off! The night was really warm and it felt like the city was out for this one event. There was live music, you could sip as you shopped, and, of course, there was lots and lots of food!
The book was also a perfect springboard to summer.
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.
Excerpt from Goodreads.com
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?
A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.
Isolation and Depression
Secrets and the role they play in relationships
I really don’t want to give anything away since this is kind of a who dunnit book so I’ll leave you with those.
Everyone agreed that this was a quick and easy read, and the majority of us really liked it! Multiple people thought it had hints of Gone Girl, and I agree. We all had mixed feeling about the characters, especially the main character Rachel. I would get super irritated at her one moment, feel very sorry for her the next, and could even relate to her way more than I’d like to admit. We also had an interesting discussion on alcoholism, and the way the author portrayed it perhaps unrealistically. We didn’t dive into this book as deep as some of the others with the excitement of the wine walk, but it was still a great discussion.
I love reading books that I can’t put down and this was one of them. One of us said they are making it into a movie, and I can totally see why. If you are looking for a captivating summer read with a dash of suspense this is it! I was proud of the fact that I had a strong suspicion of “who did it” early on so if you end up reading this book let me know your thoughts too!
Angie grants 4.25 out of 5 Halos to this book
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