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!
I’m Genesis Wainwright. I’m a sixth-form student. I come from Somerset. My mum is the best mum in the world. I play the guitar (badly). My best friend is Holly. I’m searching for answers to the Meaning of Life. I believe in True Love. AND I’M IN LOVE WITH NAZ. I want to be a performance poet. And I’m crazy about motorbikes.
I can remember everything.
Except last night.
When Genesis goes on a blind internet date, she just wants to get over her ex-boyfriend Naz. She just wants someone to like her again. But when Genesis wakes up the morning after the date, she can’t remember a thing. She doesn’t know where she is, or how she got there. And she can hardly move because she is strapped into some kind of body armour …
Before she has time to figure it out, she receives an order through an earpiece stuck in her ear. And then a voice sounds in her head: ‘You have been chosen for an assignment … The vest you’re wearing is packed with high explosives. And with one mobile call we can detonate it.’
To her horror Genesis has become an agent of mass destruction, a walking weapon in the hands of a terrorist cell.
The countdown to detonation has begun: Genesis must re-examine everyone and everything she loves and make terrifying choices … in the face of certain death.
A gutsy, compelling and chilling thrill-ride.
This book was amazing. Such drama! Such suspense! Genesis is a typical teenager who goes on a date to get over her ex, and wakes up in a nightmare. I think this is really scary, especially with online and mobile dating, you really never know who you are meeting with! She had no recollection of the night before, and wakes up having no idea where she is. She’s also strapped into some body armour that is very heavy and uncomfortable, and she can’t take it off! Shortly after waking up, she gets a voice in her ear, where an earpiece is glued and impossible to remove, giving her orders, and letting her know, that she is strapped into a bomb. There is so much action in this book, so there isn’t much in the way of character development. I never connected with Genesis. I found her a bit vapid and annoying. I hated all of her life poems. They seemed silly and pointless. I also didn’t understand why she would go to her friend and not have the friend go to the police right away. That makes literally no sense. And her ex being trained military, and getting involved but also NOT GOING TO THE POLICE makes no sense to me! I know that it sounds like I am being very negative, and that I didn’t like the book, but I really did. There is so much suspense and action that I really did enjoy the story. I wish it had an epilogue so that we would know what actually happened!
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.