And the prize for the first big hit book of 2015 goes toâ¦Â The Girl on the Train.
A psychological thriller thatÂ went on sale in mid-January,Â The Girl on the TrainÂ has been on bestseller lists since its debut. And now itâs holding steady at the top of The New York Times Bestseller List, among others.
So whatâs all the fuss about? Why are so many people readingÂ The Girl â and should you?
Here are five things you should know before you make your decision:
1. Itâs Like a Fast-Paced Gone Girl â Set in England
The Girl on the TrainÂ is sucking readers into itsÂ dark, disturbing, domestic mystery the same wayÂ Gone GirlÂ did three years ago. Both books star female narrators that you canât trust; both have jarring twists and turns in the plot; and both books tell the story ofÂ tragedy ripping apart otherwise ordinary lives.
2. Itâs Like Alfred Hitchcockâs Rear Window â SetÂ on a Train
Ever find yourself glancing into a strangerâs window, imagining what their life is like?Â Â Thatâs the sensibility atÂ the heart ofÂ The Girl on the Train, just as itâs at the heart of Alfred Hitchcockâs Rear Window. Â Rachel, the main narratorÂ of The Girl on the Train,Â watches a family sheÂ passes each day on herÂ commute. She has innocent daydreams about their livesâ¦ until one day the woman in the windowÂ disappears.
3. Itâs LikeÂ Usual Suspects âÂ With an AlcoholicÂ Narrator
Remember the 1995 movie Usual Suspects? The one with the narrator that you could never really trust? Well, Rachel inÂ The Girl on the TrainÂ isÂ a similarly unreliable, plot-bending narrator. Except thereâs a difference âÂ Rachelâs not part of an organized crime ring; sheâsÂ an alcoholic who consumesÂ multiple canned gin and tonics on her train rides,Â blacks out, forgets details, and misremembers key facts.
4. Itâs DarkÂ (Donât Expect Miss Marple)
Be warned:Â The Girl on the TrainÂ is not an uplifting book.Â You might not like any of the characters. Butâ¦
5. People Who Like ItÂ Really Like It
Ask Stephen King.
So, are you going to readÂ The Girl on the Train?
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