So far, I’ve made good on my promise to up my reading game this summer. Last week I got my first library card since childhood (more on that here), checked out a fiction book, and finished said book in a matter of days.
If you’re looking for an easy summer read, The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, is the place to start. For my first foray into the world of fiction, this suspenseful thriller was everything I had hoped for — a page-turner with each chapter leaving me wanting to read just one more.
The book centers around Rachel, an unemployed, recently divorced woman living in London. The other characters are her ex-husband, Tom, and his new wife, Anna. Unable to cope, Rachel rides the train daily and begins to imagine the perfect life enjoyed by a couple living near her former husband, based off what she glimpses from the train window. From afar, they seem happy and madly in love. But when the wife goes missing, Rachel’s world spirals further out of control.
This gripping story brims with flawed characters, daily struggles, and suspense. The book leaves you with that “whodunit” feel and keeps you immersed as the plot thickens.
Once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down. In a few short days I finished it, and I was genuinely sad that I had to return it to the library. This book tops my list if you’re looking for a good summer read or want to delve into fiction.
Up next…The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson. Stay tuned!