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2016 Books in Review

Published January 9, 2017 by Kattie Sivley

Here are the best books and series I read in 2016! I only read 60 books this year, instead of my goal of 75.  So this year my goal is 50 books.  I am working full time now, so I will most likely read a lot less than I did when I didn’t work at all.

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PS: What are the best books you read in 2016?

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Published October 23, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

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Goodreads:

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.

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. 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?

My Thoughts:

Wow.

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!

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