UUFP Book Club
Calling all readers!!! 1/1/2017 @ 12:00
Amazon Review: Intersecting, overlapping, not-quite-what-they-seem lives. Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won’t let go. All this and more helps propel Paula Hawkins’s addictive debut into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. At times, I couldn’t help but think: Hitchcockian. From the opening line, the reader knows what they’re in for: “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” But Hawkins teases out the mystery with a veter-an’s finesse. The “girl on the train” is Rachel, who commutes into London and back each day, rolling past the backyard of a happy-looking couple she names Jess and Jason. Then one day Rachel sees “Jess” kissing another man. The day after that, Jess goes missing. The story is told from three character’s not-to-be-trusted perspectives: Rachel, who mourns the loss of her former life with the help of canned gin and tonics; Megan (aka Jess); and Anna, Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife, who happens to be Jess/Megan’s neighbor. Rachel’s vo-yeuristic yearning for the seemingly idyllic life of Jess and Jason lures her closer and closer to the investiga-tion into Jess/Megan’s disappearance, and closer to a deeper understanding of who she really is. And who she isn’t. This is a book to be devoured. -Neal Thompson
We will meet for discussion at the Fellowship the first Saturday of January at noon. Feel free to bring lunch – or not. We always have a lively, informative discussion and this book is a real crazy ride with lots to talk about. (The book is available in many formats. )
Hope you can join us!! And bring ideas for the coming months.