Taking a ride with The Girl On The Train (@PaulaHWrites @riverheadbooks)

Laundry. The Christmas lights that should already be down. The article I needed to write. None of it gone done last Saturday, thanks to Paula Hawkins’ The Girl On The Train. I started it a few hours before I had to go to my son Steven’s fencing tournament, which was a mistake. I was so taken and infuriated with protagonist Rachel that there was no way I could leave her for the five or six hours I’d be at the high school. So I slid my iPad into my purse and hoped my son won’t notice me looking down at my lap in the bleachers. Of course, he did. And of course, I closed the iPad cover when he fenced. But otherwise, I could not put this book down. PR and advance reviews for The Girl On The Train say it’s a “chilling, assured debut,” “the most hotly anticipated thriller of 2015,” “better than Gone Girl.” One of the reasons I like it so much better than Gone Girl is because Rachel is so much more likeable than Amy. Both have been wronged by the men they love, and both are nuts. But while most of the time I wanted to give Amy several sharp slaps, what I wanted to give Rachel was a hug. And then maybe a gentle slap. And then take her to an AA meeting. Fast.

I’ll be interviewing Paula Hawkins in early February and airing our talk on the Monday, Feb. 9, Literary New England Radio Show. Listeners will have the chance to win a copy of the unputdownable The Girl On The Train, so please plan to tune in. In the meantime, if you’ve read it, tell me what you think. I just might weave your comments into the Feb. 9 show.

– Cindy Wolfe Boynton @writercindywb

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