The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
Genre: Crime, Adult fiction
I was seriously surprised by how much I enjoyed this! As someone who doesn’t often explore the crime/thriller genre, I was unsure whether it would claim and maintain my interest (and indeed it did!) In all honesty, the main reason I finally got around to reading it was because it was advertised when I went to see Me Before You and the trailer had me hooked. The story is essentially about discovering what happened to Megan, who goes missing at the beginning of the book. The truth is slowly unwoven and revealed through the course of the novel. A very engaging read that I would recommend – hands down.
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Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Genre: Adult fiction, Contemporary
I read this in preparation for the film adaptation that is coming out in June of this year with really no expectations but not in a negative way, I just went in as openly blind as could be and oh my goodness, I think my rating says it all. For someone who rarely dabbles into contemporary nowadays, I was thoroughly shocked at how much I enjoyed this novel. Moyes explores a sensitive topic in a non-generic and exciting way, which made Me Before You a phenomenal read.
The story follows Louisa, or Lou, a 26 year old woman in a small town who, due to unforeseen circumstances, loses her job as a waitress at the Buttered Bun, an independent cafe just below the town’s castle. With her limited experience, she struggles to find anyone who will employ her, let alone someone who will pay her enough to support her mum, dad, granddad, sister and nephew. When all hope seems lost, she eventually finds a job as a carer for Will Traynor, a 30-something quadriplegic whose condition demands 24-hour care. What neither of them know yet is that this job is going to change both of their lives oh so very much. The plot may sound typical but believe me, it is far from that.
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Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
Genre: Adult Fiction
I’ve always been a massive fan of Murakami’s work and Norwegian Wood did not disappoint. No word of a lie, this book has been on my Amazon Wishlist for a good 3 years so I was excited and relieved when I received it as a Christmas present last year. We follow Toru Watanabe who is reflecting on his youthful life that was filled with girls, sex and singing on balconies. When Toru’s relationship with his girlfriend, Naoko, becomes increasingly problematic and is forced to be away from her for a while, he meets a girl in his History of Drama named Midori who, we can safely say, threw a spanner in the works slightly. However, this is no conventional love story by any means, it is much much more than that. The plot is less about the love and more about the challenges Toru faces as a young person; it is ridden with intense themes, such as depression and suicide, that are just as, if not more relevant in our society today. There were a couple of issues that arose here and there that I’ll discuss further on in the review but, all in all, another brilliant novel but another brilliant author.
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