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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a super duper psychological thriller, with abundant flawed characters. If you are into psychological thrillers or likes to read something apart from the usual literary fiction, this book is a good choice.

This book starts with narration from a set of terrible characters and there is no way you can feel warmth towards either of them. This actually made me wonder if I should pursue my reading, but then I kept on reading because I was told that I may feel so.

As the book gets to the second half, you realize that you are totally pulled into the story and there is no way you can put this book down without knowing what has actually happened.

The Girl on the train is a perfect example of manipulation in many ways. The reader is made to believe that Rachel’s character is so much flawed that the reader hates her. There were also times when I had this urge to slap some sense to her even though I knew it is all fictional and I might be taking the ride that the author wants me to take.

Did we not see something similar in Gone Girl too? I can understand why many wanted to compare The Girl on the Train to Gone Girl. But personally I believe these two stories are handled and presented way differently. The emotions, thoughts and feelings evoked by this book is by far different from what I felt when I read it. Also there is a definite ending (though a little bit too convenient)which is missing in Gone Girl.

Recommended to all who loves a thriller or a quick read. You might feel a bit irritated while you read the first few chapters, but hang in there.

Verdict: 4.5/5

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

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It is that time of the year when people write Top-ten lists and I had that post coming some time. Then what more encouragement to write it than when The Broke and The Bookish team asked you to do it as a part of Top Ten Tuesday. So here is the list from me.

Top Ten Fiction Reads 2014

1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (The Collected Works of A J Fikry) by Gabrielle Zevin has to be at the top of my Top Ten Books I Read in 2014. This book is one of the best books that I have read about books and set with a book shop in the background, this book comes so close to my heart. I will recommend this beautiful story to anyone and everyone and it is a must read for Book lovers.

2. The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak: I am sure this book will be having a place in many book lists and this is another tragically beautiful book about a girl Liesel who lives in Germany during WWII. I highly recommended it to all esp book lovers and please do keep some tissues handy when you read.

3. The Children Act  by Ian McEwan: This book is not one of McEwan’s best books, but I loved this book for the characterization of Judge Fiona and Adam. This is a book that I was able to appreciate more once I finished. If you are a McEwan fan, you may immensely like it. Read my review of The Children Act

4. We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas: What can I say about this book? If you read this book’s blurb, you  may find it slightly boring and it is case until the first half of the book…and then you will start realizing why this book is so so good. Matthew Thomas takes you for a difficult ride when he takes you through the lives of Eileen, Ed and their son Connell with their unexpected twists and turns.

5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith: I stayed away from this book for a long time and once I picked it up, there was no going back. The second book in the Cormoran Strike detective series will also find a place in this list. I just loved the characters – Cormoran Strike and Robin.

6. The Sense of an Ending by Jules Barnes : This book is in a league of its own. The way Jules Barnes has written this one is amazing. I am not much of a prose fan, but this book blew me away. I just wanted to grab a pencil and mark each of the sentences in the small book. Read my review of The Sense of an Ending

7.All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: I think the fact that this book won the “Best Historical Fiction’ award on Goodreads speaks for itself about this one. The story of a blind French girl and a young German soldier is so beautiful. Read my review of All the Light We Cannot See.

8. Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn: This is a book that I absolutely loved. If you have read it, you know that it leaves you very unsettled. But then there is no other book that I have read like this one. I have heard that the movie leaves pretty much similar impression, but I am yet to watch it.Read my review of Gone Girl.

9. Crusader’s Tomb by A J Cronin: This is another great book by my favorite author A J Cronin. I have not come across another author who can write like him. If there is a single book of his that I will recommend to you, it would be The Keys of the Kingdom.That book is just brilliant !

10. The Storyteller  by Jodi Picoult: The story starts like a normal one and then it takes you back to the Holocaust and then there is no respite for you until the end. It is yet another story about WWII and the Holocaust, but Jodi Picoult has nailed it. There was a parallel story that I would have happily skipped, but then there is a reason why it is there.

When I was compiling this list, I realized that I have not written about a lot of books that I have read this year. I don’t think I can write about all of them, but I hope I can find time to write about a few of them in the coming days.