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ABC Reading Challenge – G

I have seen only a few posts on this challenge, recently viewed it on Sara @ the Bibliophagist. I think this will become another regular post on my blog, perhaps for Friday’s :).

Books Read –

The ghost downstairs – By Molly Ringle
The ghost files – Apryl Baker
The girl on the train – By Paula Hawkins
Th gilded king – By Josie Jaffrey

Books To Read –

Gone Girl – By Gillian Flynn
A gate of night – By Bella Forrest
The ghost files series 2-5 – By Apryl Baker
Ghosted – By Kristine Schwartz
Gone – By S.H.Love

Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you have any recommendations? Let’s talk in the comments!

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The Girl On The Train film review.

The Girl on The Train.jpgRachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is an alcoholic who shares an apartment with her friend Cathy (Laura Prepon) and spends her days commuting aimlessly on a train after losing her job. From the train she observes the activities of her former husband, Tom Watson (Justin Theroux), his new wife, Anna Watson (Rebecca Ferguson), and a couple who live nearby, Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett), whom she sees as the ideal couple.[5]

During her marriage, having failed to become pregnant, Rachel became prone to alcohol-induced blackouts during which she engaged in self-destructive and violent behavior, including an occasion where she caused a scene at the home of her husband’s boss and his wife Martha (Lisa Kudrow), leading to Tom being fired. She continues to watch Tom, Anna, and their newborn daughter Evie, causing both Tom and Anna to warn her off. Unknown to her, Megan has been working as a nanny for Anna, but has suddenly resigned without explanation.[6]

During one train journey, Rachel spots Megan kissing a stranger on her balcony and becomes infuriated by what she perceives as Megan ruining her “perfect” marriage. After a drinking binge, Rachel leaves the train to confront Megan, only to black out and awaken hours later at her apartment, injured.[6] Rachel later learns that Megan is missing, and is questioned by Detective Sergeant Riley (Allison Janney), who suspects Rachel might be involved due to her recent erratic behavior and her presence in the neighborhood on the evening of Megan’s disappearance. Rachel suspects a fellow-passenger (Darren Goldstein) of following her off the train and sees him in flashbacks to that evening but cannot piece her memories together.

Hearing that Scott is asking the public to help him find his wife, Rachel goes to see him, pretending to be a friend of Megan’s, and tells him about Megan’s affair.[5] From a photograph, she identifies Dr Kamal Abdic (Édgar Ramírez), Megan’s psychiatrist, as the man on the balcony. It gradually becomes apparent that Scott is aggressive and controlling, while Megan is prone to dishonesty and sex addiction, fears becoming pregnant, and has frequent therapy sessions with Abdic. In one of her last sessions, she tells him that she had a baby girl when in her teens, whom she accidentally drowned in the bath.

Believing Abdic to be the key to Megan’s disappearance, Rachel schedules an appointment with him, revealing the history of her marriage and alcoholism. Later, at a bar, she recognizes the man who followed her from the train, and confronts him. He claims to have found Rachel lying in a tunnel on his route home; he tried to help her up, but she rejected his help. Rachel returns to the tunnel and recalls seeing Megan shouting at her before she was injured.

Meanwhile, Anna becomes suspicious of Tom after Sgt. Riley suggests that he is encouraging Rachel’s behavior by keeping in touch with her. Anna attempts to hack into Tom’s computer, and in the process she finds a secret phone with several voice messages to another woman Tom is having an affair with.

Megan is found dead and forensics determine she was pregnant, but the child was neither Scott’s nor Abdic’s. Scott confronts Rachel, in the process revealing that he assaulted Megan prior to her death. Rachel sees Martha on the train and apologizes for her previous behavior, but her memory of the occasion does not match Martha’s version; Martha tells her that Tom was fired for having sexual relations with co-workers. Rachel realizes that Tom planted false memories in her head on several occasions following a drinking binge.

I will leave the rest to you to watch.

(Found this  on Wikipedia: The Girl On The Train).


Overall the film was good, but from my point of view after reading the book I feel parts were missed out.  One big thing was I realised that the whole film has been based in America just outside of NewYork, where as the book is based in London England.  When Rachel travels on the train in the film she spends her day in Grand central station all where as in the book she travels to London to a Library to spend her day before going back home to her friend.

The actors were amazing and I felt they recreated the characters from the book remarkably.  There were parts missing in the film that happened in the book, but they managed to twist and change some of the scenes, for example, when Scott and Rachel fight it is meant to happen in his house, he really fights with her and makes her terrified to the point she throws up and gets locked in a spare room.  In the film he travels to Rachel’s house and confronts her there, with a heated argument, the closest he comes to touching her is by covering her mouth and backing her up against the wall.

I don’t feel the film really went into details about Megan’s past life with her baby “Libby”, which she had when she was 17 with her ex boyfriend.

The ending was a little different but overall got the message across about what really happened.  I enjoyed the whole film overall.  However I really do recommend that you all read the book, there is so much more to learn about the characters and the story line in general.

The girl on the train review

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Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…


 

In general I love this book.  The idea is fantastic, simple but relate able.   

The layout of the Book is a great idea, set in a diary form mainly from Rachel’s point of view, however there are exerts from Megan’s view (Jess) and Anna (Rachel’s ex husbands new wife).  Some people have found this boring as Rachel’s entries are set “Morning” “afternoon”, however I like this idea because it’s meant to be a diary she travels to “work” in the morning and it’s her travels home- which is the whole point of this book.  I felt instantly drawn in to what she would see outside of the train, and I liked how Rachel was actually quite nosy when it came to looking at other peoples houses while on her travels.
There is a link however to why she looks at Jess and Jason’s house in particular,  because it is only a couple houses away from her old home with her ex husband. 

The Girl On The Train is on sale today (!), and it’s perfect for fans of: thrillers unreliable narrators Gone Girl London amateur espionage trains Hitchcock really good books:

Rachel is an alcoholic living in a small spare room at her friends house since separating from her husband 2 years ago, she has no job, but her room mate doesn’t know that.  She always wanted children, her husband felt they were good as they were but they tried. Rachel was unable to conceive even with IVF.  Struggling with the idea of not having children, and being surrounded by them she gradually fell into a downward spiral, effecting her relationship with her now ex husband.  Leading to the comfort of alcohol.

Where as Megan, doesn’t want children her husband does.  She no longer has her gallery, struggling from the loss of her brother.  Instead she is a house wife which is not exciting for Megan.   Megan/Jess has a lot of issues, however to everyone else it appears Megan has the perfect life, perfect husband and home.

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I liked how Rachel was envious of the life Megan/Jess leads, the perfect house, perfect husband, and Jess/Megan looked gorgeous.  However no one really knows what happens behind closed doors, and Megan/Jess is a good example of this, her life is not perfect, she has her own daily battles, but keeps herself to herself.  If these ladies went back in time and swapped husbands I think they would have had a some what perfect life…..

Megan seems to have a perfect life to Rachel until Megan/Jess goes missing,  did these ladies really have a perfect life??  Or is there secrets to be told…..

This book was addictive, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the well planned ending, plot twist, it was well thought out.  I am so excited to watch the film to see if it matches up.  I would definitely recommend this book to you all to read before watching the film.  I am really interested in reading what else Paula Hawkins has to offer.

Ahh it’s fantastic, so glad I listened to everyone about reading it. 

 

Which Book do I read next?

stolen-flameVivian is excited about this weekend. Why wouldn’t she be? She is finally turning twenty-one, and she knows for-a-fact that Liam, the man of her dreams is in love with her too. On the eve of her birthday, her world comes crashing down when she is taken from her home.

Now, instead of spending her birthday in Liam-heaven, she learns that she will be forced to take part in The Chamber, a lavish sex club for the world’s richest and most powerful men. She finds early on that she will not suffer her sentence alone. With the budding sisterhood of the six other women taken at the same time, along with an unexpected ally, Vivian will discover an inner strength and love that she never knew existed.

Stolen Flame is part of a series, and while each book is interconnected, each book in the series stands alone. Due to the adult content and themes, this book is not intended for persons under the age of 18.


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EVERYDAY THE SAME

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…


HELP which one do I read next?  Stolen flame was sent to me to review, however The girl on the Train is something I have seen everyone go on about.  I have not watched The girl on the train either so I have no idea what happens.

Comment below what you think I should read first.