Playing Many Parts

Book Review – The Girl on the Train

the_girl_on_the_train_us_cover_2015I always read the book first.  Since I am a prolific reader I have promised myself that I will always, if at all possible, read the book first.  Before it is made into a movie, and someone else gets to put their interpretation of a book forward as the definitive point of view for millions of people, I want to let my imagination create the world the author has written.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, and might do that to contrast and compare, but I liked the book quite a bit and found it compelling enough to continue reading even though I was quite sure I had figured out the plot a couple of chapters in.  I was right.  It went in the direction I expected, but I think the author intended it that way. . if I ever get the chance to ask her, I will.  There was some important foreshadowing early on that sort of gave things away and that seems like a smart intentional guide. . a kind of Easter Egg for good readers.

I liked this book because I love murder mysteries.  I also love women’s issues and a strong female lead with romance and complications. . .so this book was very interesting to me.  I don’t want to admit it, but I saw parts of myself in the heroine of the story.  I liked very much how Rachel grew and developed and it all seemed somewhat real. . if not romanticized. . but its a novel (it says so on the cover), so I expect that.  Emily Blunt is my Rachel, but that is fine, I look forward to the movie.


Two Quick Book Reviews

deadsleep1Of the two books I finished in the past week, Dead Sleepby Greg Iles, a new author for me, was my favorite.  Dead Sleep is a murder mystery/thriller that did keep me guessing from the beginning to the very end.  I think it is hard to write a book about serial killers and multiple murders and not be too dark, but this book is serious about the subject without making you feel dirty and depressed. . .I like that.   I really enjoyed getting to know the main character and her family and felt that she had enough depth and reality to make her a great leading lady.  In short, I found this quite an enjoyable read for some cold winter days in the MidWest.

The second book that I read this past week, Dark Paradise by Tami Hoag, I enjoyed, but would not recommend as darkparadisehighly as I would Dead Sleep. My reason for this is that I found the language to be more offensive and the violence to be way over the top for a murder mysterty/thriller. I found this book to have some of the darkness that the television series Dexter has, and I don’t watch that show for that reason. I think the author could have written this book without it being quite so dark and horrible. I also felt that the book was longer than it needed to be and that there were too many substories that didn’t all add value to the larger plot. I plan to try one more book from this author before I decide not to read her again, but I will choose much more carefully this time.