I arrived late to the party with The Girl On The Train and I had heard so many great things about it that it was inevitable that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. But that said, it is still a great book and one where you tend to read each page more quickly than the one before which must be a good definition of a page-turner.
Rachel is an unlikely heroine and not particularly likeable but there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve written stories in the same way. The reader gets a frisson of redemption when the protagonist comes good in the end. But there’s very little to feel good about at the end of this tale and I was left feeling a little empty and jaundiced.
The style of the book didn’t suit me but I did like the way the author portrayed the setting and the idiosyncratic ways of the outer-London environs. The film is set in the States and so I’ll be interested to see how well it translates whenever it makes its way up to the Scottish Highlands.
If you like reviewing books yourself then I’d love to garner a few more for my brand new thriller The Devil You Know. Like The Girl On The Train it features an unlikely and unlikeable hero but keep reading!
It’s currently on Amazon for 99p / 99c so go on, buy the ticket, take the trip.
Imagine waking up today to find yourself on an unknown island, with no idea how you got there? Would it be heaven? Or maybe the other place…
‘As she emerged from the edge of the forest, she could see better what the lie of the land looked like. Down below her she saw one of those beaches that she’d only seen in movies. Right now, it looked like one of the most perfect things she had ever seen. The sun glinted off the deep blue ocean with little snowy flurries sticking their heads up for a few seconds in a futile race against the wind.’
– ‘The Devil You Know‘ by Alex Breck
This second Ridge Walker novel is also available in print form here
Enjoy your reading and writing!