INTO THE WATER
Like many readers, I was encouraged to read The Girl on the Train after I finished Gone Girl. The two seem to be natural comparisons, though I'm not totally sure why. When I saw this on the shelves right after its release, I wanted to read it. I passed it in Target many, many times, so I was overjoyed when the library had it in. However, I was really disappointed because it took me SO LONG to finally get into this one. It was a super slow build, and I was juggling over half a dozen characters that I didn't know or understand.
I stuck with it because I hate to abandon a book. I especially hate to abandon a book that I had wanted to read for so long. Eventually, I got about 60-70% done, and I found myself unable to put it down. I began to see the connections to all the story threads. Paula Hawkins definitely knows how to work the long game. While I wouldn't suggest this to a causal reader, I would say frequent fiction readers would probably enjoy this one.
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I am a High School English teacher. I like to read mostly fiction because it creates an escape from reality. The way the author can paint a picture with words is always something that I crave.