Morning friends! We’re almost half way through the week. Here’s hoping that you are surviving… even better if you’re thriving this week!
Last night was one of my favorite night of the month – book club night. I’ve been part of plenty of book clubs and all of them take on a different flavor. Only one that I’ve participated in was truly about the books. The one I did in Lexington was mostly about the wine. The one here is primarily about the food. Really though, book clubs are always about the camaraderie.
This month we read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. This book had been on my list for quite a while and I just hadn’t gotten around to it. I’m always so thankful when we choose a book that I’ve been wanting to read anyway because it gives me an excuse to actually read it! Otherwise, it’s easy to keep putting it off because there are always cheaper, shorter, or easier things to read.
The Girl on the Train was somewhat Gone Girl-ish, if you read and liked that. Personally, I didn’t like Gone Girl. I found it disturbing. But I thought Girl on the Train was phenomenal. Without giving too much away, I think the difference was in one, the villain didn’t get what they deserved. In the other, they did.
In general, Girl on the Train focuses on Rachel, an alcoholic whose life is truly a mess; her ex-husband Tom and his new wife Anna; and a couple who lives down the street from the ex. Rachel takes the train passed her old neighborhood every day and can’t seem to extract herself from that old life. When one of the women goes missing, Rachel feels that she knows something important but her blackouts make it hard to understand what she really knows.
I think all of the ladies at book club agreed that we loved the false leads throughout this story. Multiple times things are presented that may or may not be important. Hawkins has an incredible skill of weaving in seemingly unrelated details that turn out to be relevant, while also setting up scenes that appear to be meaningful and turn out to be completely unrelated. She also set up the story in such a way that almost everyone who was reading figure out the “who-dun-it” before we got to the end. But the story was so interwoven that you just needed to keep reading to see if everyone else figured it out. And to confirm that you were right seeing as how you changed your mind multiple times about who the villain was.
All in all, Girl on the Train was an incredible ride. I just finished it last week and I’m already planning to re-read it because I have so many questions after book club last night. When did the other characters figure out who was to blame for the disappearance? Where all of those false leads truly false leads or were they actually important and I’m just not able to piece them together right now? What did Rachel really remember from her black outs that I’m just missing after the fact?