Sunday, October 20, 2019

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "The Girl On The Train" (2015)

"The Girl On The Train" - Paula Hawkins (2015)
323 pages

The story is told through the eyes of three women.  But mostly, this is Rachel..." the girl on the train's"...story to tell.  Rachel is a really messed up piece of work.  Recently divorced, depressed and a bit delusional about life in general.  Plus she's struggling with a pretty good drinking problem.  She rides the train every day fantasizing about this and that when she sees something a bit unusual while passing by a house she has passed hundreds of times before.  And decides to get involved.

It's a fustercluck of strange choices she makes on her attempts to find closure, but putting all that aside, the mystery/thriller is fascinating and a lot of fun.  Paula Hawkins, with her best-selling debut novel, does an especially fine job showing Rachel's struggle with alcohol,  It really rings true.  Unfortunately, the payout at the end was a bit of a lowball and could have used a few more pitches.  It just felt rushed.  Nonetheless,  this was a quick, entertaining read and I'm glad I did.

"Long Train Runnin'" - The Doobie Brothers / "The Captain and Me" (1973)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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