Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
The problem with reviewing books weeks after you've read them, is that the memory of the book becomes hazy. Although, maybe this wouldn't happen if the book really struck a chord -- which for me, this one did not. Who knows. Anyway, this book was fine. Paula Hawkins wrote The Girl on the Train, and if you liked that one you may like this book as well. They're not similar in story, but they're similar in writing structure and genre.
If you look on Amazon, you're going to find mixed reviews and an average rating of 3.3 stars, which seems fair to me. It also looks as though readers generally either loved it or hated it -- which was not the case for me. I was completely indifferent to it. Like I said, it's been weeks since I finished it, and I don't honestly remember a whole lot about it. Thus, this review will be short and to the point.
I kept reading it. I read it quickly. The pages turned, and the story was interesting enough. I didn't guess the ending, though I probably could have if I had tried.
The "eh, whatever":
There were many, many point-of-views (most of which I didn't really care about), there were entire sections that felt inconsequential (it was almost as though Hawkins' editor told her she needed to hit a specific word-count), and none of the characters were very likable, nor did they ever redeem themselves (in my eyes).
I think this book is probably decent if you're looking for a quick, summer beach-read, in the thriller genre. I don't think this one will have the same cult-following that The Girl on the Train had, but it will make its mark in the genre because Paula Hawkins is so popular right now.
Buy this book here.
Post Script: There will be a barrage of book reviews this week; I've fallen behind on writing them. I also want to note that I will not be reviewing The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. I had it listed as "up next" in one of my prior reviews, and that has since changed. The writing was pretty, but I just couldn't get myself excited to pick it up and read -- so I stopped reading it and moved on. Life is too short.