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Girl on the trainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

If I had a pound for every publisher information sheet that arrived into the bookshop that shouted “the next Gone Girl” I’d be wealthy.
However I am very happy to assure you that The Girl On Train is a worthy successor to both Gone Girl and Before I Go To Sleep as it lures you into the plot of what has happened to each of the main characters.

This is a fast paced, psychological thriller that will change your commute forever. You’ll never sit on a train again, look into the window of a house and think oh what a lovely view. Beginning slowly as the four main characters are built and the storyline developed around them in a seamless style. Paula Hawkins has the wonderful ability to lure you into the plot so much so that you are immersed in it and feel part of the chase. The first half of the story is centred on Rachel and Megan and you feel you have the situation sussed when Anna joins the plot when the story then darkens around drink, manipulation and bullying. The book is very well written with a great descriptions such as the pain Rachel went through not be able to get pregnant or in the police interview where she is not drunk – on this occasion. And whilst by page 257 you know who the killer is, the storyline is building up so intensely you don’t notice and it doesn’t not distract from your desire to keep reading as fast as you can and keep turning the pages.
This is a cracking debut thriller and which I am sure to be a bestseller in 2015 and beyond.

Sheila O’Reilly
Transworld/hardback/£12.99/9780857522313

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