The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
I loved this book. This isn’t my go-to genre, but with all the hype – even my bestie was telling me I had to read it (I actually borrowed it from her!) I’m not disappointed. Finally a book that lives up to the hype! This book was compared to Gone Girl quite a bit, and for me it is far superior to Gone Girl. It is about Rachel, who is an alcoholic, on her way to work. She rides the same train every day and every day she passes by her old house. The one her ex-husband, and his now wife, and their baby live in. She also passes one of their neighbor’s houses, and she ends up having this imaginary scenario, where it seems like she knows them and how they are as people. She imagines them as the perfect couple, until one of them goes missing. It’s insane. It is so interesting because she doesn’t know whether she is guilty of anything or completely innocent, because she often gets blackout drunk. A lot of this book hit too close to home for me, because Rachel struggled with infertility. And I actually read passages of Rachel’s thoughts out to my husband, because they literally could have been my own words. Although I didn’t start drinking, it’s easy for me to see the way my life could have turned out, which is frankly haunting, even without the murder. Because Rachel doesn’t know what has happened, it really does keep you guessing, which is refreshing. I can usually guess what is going on and what will happen pretty early in books, but this was not the case in this book. I was surprised and then I felt like I should have known! Worth a read!
Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger. Itis the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys—including East’s hothead younger brother—to kill a key witness hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he’s never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, ultimately forcing him to grapple with his place in the world and decide what kind of man he wants to become.
Written in stark and unforgettable prose and featuring an array of surprising and memorable characters rendered with empathy and wit, Dodgers heralds the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.
I heard about this book at a book buzz at the library, and ended up getting a copy for free in exchange for a review. It is about East a teenager from LA that is caught up in a gang. He has been working for the gang since he was a kid. His uncle is in charge of the gang, so that is how he got involved. After their drug house gets raided by the cops, the uncle sends East and three other boys, including East’s younger brother to Wisconsin on a mission. The book tells the story of East’s first journey away from LA, and away from the gang, although he is on a gang mission. I was interested in the story, but I wasn’t sure how much I would like it after I started reading it. There are overly descriptive metaphors. Although I didn’t stop reading, I didn’t love the book. It was very slow, and not something I would ever re-read. I never felt a connection with East, or any of the other characters. I don’t know if this is because their background is so much different than my own, and it was a little un-relatable to me. I did think this book was going to be full of suspense and action, especially with the way it was marketed at book buzz, but it was mostly just East’s thoughts on a rather boring road trip across America. Not worth it for me.
A few days ago I visited my local library and went to the Penguin Random House Book Buzz hosted by Robert Haddock.. It was really informative. I didn’t know that the two publisher merged a couple of years ago and formed the largest publishing company!! Robert said they should have made the name Random Penguins to be more fun! Who doesn’t love random penguins?