My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book! My first Paula Hawkins novel, but definitely not my last. There are not too many books that I can’t put down. but this was definitely one of them. I have a love/hate relationship with books like this: my life goes on hold and there is nothing I can do about it, except unravel the chaos later. I just have to read.
The story resonated with me right away, because so many times I have been on trains, travelling into London and elsewhere, where I’ve passed streets/houses/homes just like those in this book. And yes, you look out and see snippets of lives or invent stories, and situations for people and places that become familiar to you. I loved it’s embeddedness in the real experiences of so many.
Living so far away from home, the book’s shock value aside, it’s depiction of English commuter life, the English weather, the playing out of relationships, the backs of people’s homes and the interminable journeying into the city for work, genuinely made me homesick.
I guess the ending didn’t come so much of a shock. It was telegraphed a little early for me. But even so, Tom’s final comeuppance with brilliantly executed. Corkscrew in the neck. Yes!
I highly recommend this book. Do yourself a favour and go read.