Book Review of “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins


Blurb:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
My Review:

The girl on the train is a debut book by Paula Hawkins. That and the grand reception the book received got me really intrigued about the contents of it. The blurb also appeared far too enticing and finally I bought the book. Reading it together with Denise really brought more insight into the book and what it was lacking.

The book is about the observations of a girl in a train and the consequences when she plans to act on them. It has enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. The plot of the story takes you on a roller coaster ride where everyone appears to be guilty. Not only is it fast, it also maintains its pace through most of the book.

However, the characters could have been better. Instead of feeling empathy with the protagonist, the main feeling that comes is pity and a slight disgust. Rachel is this sad lonely woman who no one will glance at twice and even if they do, it will be to step away from her and wrinkle their nose.

The male characters were passable. The relationship Rachel had with Tom, Jason and the therapist brought out how lonely and desperate she was. However what truly disappointed me was the ending. It was very abrupt and lots of questions remained unanswered at the end. It did not give a closure to the otherwise interesting story.

All this gives Girl on the train a 3 star rating. It is an interesting read but be prepared to remain dissatisfied at the end.

Star Rating : 3 Stars
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Book Review of “Wedding Gown Girl” by Kathy Bosman


Blurb:

Kienna loves dressing up her clients in beautiful gowns at the bridal shop where she works but she doesn’t believe in fairy-tale weddings or happily ever afters. After all, her Prince turned out to be a frog, and her divorce broke her heart. So when she realizes one of her brides doesn’t love her groom, she tries to warn him. If only he would listen, she could help him avoid her same fate. Blake is sure Rachelle loves him but she leaves him at the alter. He should have listened to the wedding gown girl’s warning. He should have been hurt, but instead he’s only relieved–and in pursuit of the woman who tried to save him from a broken heart. If only she’d trust him not to be like her ex. Doesn’t she know that when he says he loves her, it means forever?

Genre: Romance / Contemporary Romance
My Review:

Divorce is a thing which has a tendency to kill all the romantic feeling between the estranged couple. But Kienna works in a Bridal Store where she sells romance everyday. Therefore, although she wants to stop feeling, romance is deeply embedded in her. So when the handsome Blake comes by, she finds it very difficult to not have feelings for him. But he is the groom of her client. If they are meant to be together, why is Blake marrying someone else?

A typical romance story. Two skeptical people meet and love emerges. The thing here is it is not very romantic. It is curt. The story is not like a fairy tale where everything is lovey dovey. It is a complicated mature love story. Complicated because the couple goes through a lot of doubts before finally coming together.

If you are looking for a typical love story which will make your heart flutter, this book is not for you. This is more for those readers who understand the dark undertone in romance and appreciates it. It is an interesting read and a very different kind of love story.

Star Rating : 3.8 Stars
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Book Review of “Dangerous Associations” by Rita Lee Chapman


Blurb:

An ex-husband, a new love, a stalker. Cathy Thompson’s link to her ex-husband fills her life with threats and intimidation. She must either trap her stalker or find Geoffrey to put an end to her life of fear.

Genre: Mystery / Murder / Crime / Suspense / Thriller
My Review:

 We all make mistakes in our lives, some of us are very regular in making them and some are not. Sometimes the mistakes are something that can be easily rectified. However, there are times when a single seemingly umimportant mistake ends up almost ruining your life. And that is what happens to Cathy in Dangerous Associations. Her husband, who she married for love, starts cheating on her. She divorces him thinking that would be the end of it. But he soon turns to drugs and a whole nightmare unfolds for Geoffrey, Cathy and Rob.

The story has a good concept and good character definition. The characters are well placed and easy to relate with. The language is not abrupt. It is good enough to go with and smooth. However I have my reservations about the flow of the story. Most of the story is from Cathy’s point of view. But right in the middle, out of nowhere, Geoffrey’s point of view comes. Even another character’s story is shown right in the middle. They were relevant to the story, of course. But because of the abrupt change in story perspective, the flow breaks considerably. It could have done as alternate chapters from each perspective so that there is a uniformity in the flow.

Overall, the story was good. Just apart from the flow and therefore, the style of narration, I loved the story and the plot. It is really engaging and exciting till the end.

Star Rating : 3.5 Stars
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Book Review of “Clash of the Couples” by Crystal Ponti (Editor), Julia Arnold (Contributor), Lisa R. Petty, Kevin Zelenka (Contributor)




 

Blurb:
Coupledom. Fact or fable, Adam and Eve birthed the perpetual relationship drama as seen on TV today. Despite the serpents, this couple HAD IT MADE. Luxury real estate, lush gardens, and privacy out the yin-yang. Life was glorious until the bare-bottomed babe could no longer resist temptation. Despite her better half’s warnings and threats to sleep in a tree, she tasted the forbidden fruit. One bite of that seductive, juicy contraband and the stage was set for eternity— a nibble that has blossomed into an endless supply of tiny tidbits that divide lovers to this day!

Taking a cue from the original naked explorers of authentic sin, Clash of the Couples is a new anthology featuring a collection of completely absurd lovers’ squabbles and relationship spats. Think couples fight over kids, sex, and money? Think again! Furniture, the last beer, and where to store the placenta are what genuinely ignite our feuds. And no argument is off limits. This book has it all!

Inside you’ll find a gut-busting compilation of stories such as: “I Can’t Believe You Ate My Sandwich,” “Never Assume Anything,” “Only I Can Talk About Me,” and “You Want Some College Boobs?” from forty-six fearless writers. Prepare to laugh, roll your eyes, and shiver in suspense. While Eve may have had the first bite, we ate the whole tree. And made pies.

My Review:
The book is a classic relationship guide book. Various writers, both men and women, have given different examples of how fights happen in relationships, giving their own life incidents as examples. Some are outright hilarious, some are informative, but all are incidents which actually happen in most of our lives. There are many stories in there which I felt are true stories from my own life.

Along with incidents, there are also lessons which the writers share that they have learnt over the years. The lessons are on how to maintain a successful relationship between spouses and how to avoid minor tiffs. Truly said in the book is that most of the Clashes between Couples are over minor issues and never over major ones. If those minor issues can be passed without reaction, most of the arguments will not happen. But we being humans, that comes but very rarely and therefore… we come up and read “Clash of the Couples”. Totally get a copy of it and read. You will laugh but also learn in the process.

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