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Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


(From Goodreads) 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?

I loved the idea that the whole story is based on the surrounding circumstances of a train ride, where Rachel happens to see something that she shouldn’t have. This whole idea is terrifyingly good; because everyone has in one time of their life caught a train and looked outside the window. As Rachel catches the train every day from Ashbury to London and returns in the afternoon, we learn that she has a disconcerting obsession with a couple “Jason and Jess”, whose house she passes on her train commute. And as she gazes out of the window she witnesses something that she shouldn’t have. These blend of every normal activity, catching the train and then with the mysterious element is one thing that I like about the book. It’s a good premise for a thriller. Who hasn’t gazed from a train window and imagined the lives of others?

Your sympathies and suspicions shift as the story develops. Rachel’s alcoholism is a plot device and not an illness, as it keeps the story going forward and thickening with drama, because you know she knows something but she can’t recall it because she has no memory of that night when she had been drinking. You are pulled into the story, as Rachel tries to put her fractured pieces of her mind back together and the conclusion is a twist that should leave you waiting for Hawkins next novel, because it was such a great ending.
The book explores power, betrayal, relationships, while ratcheting tension.
Overall it was a great book.


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Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

before i go to sleep

(From Goodreads) As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child, thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me…Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine’s life.

THE MERMORY LOSS: It is quite a scary thing to imagine about waking up every morning and not remembering who you are. It is disturbing at some level, which just makes you so engrossed in the story of Christine’s life, a life that as a reader, you find difficult to actually consider how terrifying it would be to lose everything that makes you who you are, your memories that have been made, created your path for your life are all now lost. And in this book this is just all thrown up in wind, with Christine suffering through day in day out with realising that she is someone else, but is that someone real or just a lie.
HUSBAND AND WIFE RELATIONSHIP: At the core of the story is the relationship between Christine and her husband, Ben and how they both deal with her amnesia. This dramatic background in a normal suburban town is a view of this struggling family with secrets, deceit and half-truths as Christine writes in her dairy telling her thoughts and feelings about Ben. Can she trust him? Does she love him? You feel connected to Christine as you read her dairy that she keeps and struggle with her to learn what memories are true and if Ben is telling her the whole truth.
THE ENDING: The book wraps the story quickly in the end, a bit fast, but you are given the reveal of the main plot twist that you might’ve seen coming or not.

Overall, it was an interesting read and favourably enjoyable.

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The New Project Continues

I mentioned in November that I had started on a new project and I am so excited to say that the first draft is done. Many days of sitting at the desk and writing on the computer as the ideas came and then other days when I hated to even look at my computer where the new project waited for my return.
For the past few years I’ve been writing and editing my previous work but now it is finished as well as it can be and has been put on the shelf as I tackle another project entirley. And this one is different from my YA(Project 1).
Project 2 is for an adult audience and is centred with murder, so much murder and mystery.
It has been fun writing this darker story and I’ve enjoyed it writing it, even if some days I just starred blankly at the blank document. Sometimes it feels that that empty document is laughing at my lack of creative mind. Don’t you think?
As of today I’ve began the stage of editing and am excited to get back to this story and go hammering and chopping on the manuscript to make the story as good as it can be. Project 2 get ready to meet the red pen.
Edit, edit, edit!

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl The book that everyone has been talking about. This book was amazing and one of my favourites of the year. It left me thrilled and enticed throughout every page and I could not put down. Flynn writes masterfully and has creative characters that you like for one moment and then the next you don’t. With a plot thick with twists and deceit, and questionable characters, Flynn brings a thriller that you’ll never forget.

Who are you? What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne Finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick, Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. he swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did happen to nick’s beautiful wife?

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Book Review: The Girl with the Dargon Tatto by Stieg Larsson

20140730_144912[1]Book 1 of the Millennium Trilogy. More than 26 million copies sold worldwide.

Henrik Vanger, head of the dynastic Vanger Corporation, is tormented by the loss of a child decades earlier and convinced that a member of his family has committed murder.

Mikael Blomkvist delves deep into the Vangers’ past to uncover the truth behind the unsolved mystery. But someone else wants the past to remain a secret and will go to any lengths to keep it that way.

Lisbeth Salander, the enigmatic, delinquent and dangerous security specialist, assists in the investigation. A genius computer hacker, she tolerates no restrictions placed upon her by individuals, society or the law.

A stunning thriller debut, that had me in thrall from beginning to end. Brilliantly written and totally gripping plot and deeply intriguing characters. One of my favourite of all times thrillers.

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