The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins, 2015

My favorite quote: “I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”

Notable characters: Rachel Watson, the alcoholic; Anna Boyd, the young, beautiful, stay-at-home mom; Tom, Rachel’s husband; “Jess and Jason,” the couple Rachel envies

Most memorable scene: When Megan’s body is found …

Greatest strengths: Excels at the whole unreliable narrator thing

Standout achievements: This book is written in first person, present-tense – a style I can rarely tolerate … but in this case, I hardly noticed.

Fun Facts: Many comparisons have been made between The Girl on the Train and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. In an article in The Hollywood Reporter, Paula Hawkins clarified the matter by stating: “Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) is a psychopath, an incredibly controlling and manipulative, smart, cunning woman. [Rachel is] just a mess who can’t do anything right.”

Other media: 2016 film of the same name starring Emily Blunt

What it taught me about writing: That even a reader’s least-preferred writing style can be overlooked if the plot and characters are compelling enough

How it inspired my own work: The night I finished this book, I said to myself, “Self (that’s what I call myself) We need to write a book with an ending as shocking and unexpected as that one. The next day I began my murder mystery Sleep Savannah Sleep, which went on to become an Amazon bestseller in multiple categories.

Haunt me:

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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