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Book-A-Like: The Girl on the Train

Have you read a book recently that you loved so much that nothing else compares?

Well, we have the solution...(drum roll please)

Introducing Book-A-Likes!

Every Wednesday we will be reviewing a book that has similar themes to another, making that transition to a new book just that little bit smoother.

The Girl on the Train is a gripping psychological debut from author Paula Hawkins. If you loved the twists and turns thrown at you by Gone Girl, you will devour  this book!

Gone Girl Book-A-LikeRachel commutes to work every day on the same train, stopping at the same places, seeing the same faces. She has become enamoured with the lives of two people she watches through the window on her way to work- 'the golden couple'- whom she calls Jess and Jason.

Imagining what life would be like in what appears to be such a perfect relationship takes Rachel's mind off of her own problems. Recently divorced, she has been drowning her sorrows in alcohol, to the point where it has cost her her job.

Then she sees something that changes everything.

Her illusion shattered, she insinuates herself into the lives of her 'perfect' couple after Megan, aka 'Jess', goes missing- and cannot rest until the mystery is solved.

Told from the point of view of three female narrators: Rachel, Megan and Anna, The Girl on the Train is all about the secrets people keep and what really happens behind closed doors. Between the alcoholic, the liar and the adulteress, you never know who to believe, and you will be guessing right up until the very end.

Gone Girl

gone-girl-classicCome follow Gone Girl down a dark and twisting path...

This is the book-turned-film that everyone is talking about!

Meet Nick Dunne who, on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, discovers that his beautiful wife Amy has disappeared. AND he is the prime suspect. There are signs of a struggle in the Dunne household, and Amy's best friend confesses to police that Amy was afraid of her husband.

Told from interchanging viewpoints, taken from Nick's current experiences and Amy's diary, the reader is swept along on a whirlwind ride without knowing who to trust or what to believe. And then suddenly, halfway through the novel, the plot twists. In a shocking revelation all of the dangling threads fall into place, and the story transforms into a high stakes game of cat and mouse.

This is one of those books that I simply could not put down until I had finished. It kept me on the edge of my seat, rooting for the characters and not knowing what to expect next. The movie, released 2nd October,  is in the very capable hands of Ben Affleck and David Fincher (the Director of Fight Club and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), and I simply can't wait to see it!

 

Bookclub – Gone Girl

Gone GirlBook: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Date: 28th August 2013 8:30PM AEST

I was told love should be unconditional. That's the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge?

 
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