I rarely find the time to read very often, but after buying a book at the airport on our way to Disney last month, I have realised how much I enjoy reading. I am attempting to find the time to read more often and have started off with two great books that completely reinvented my love for books again in the last couple of weeks.
I picked both of these books up randomly in the supermarket, but they both turned out to be great choices and sharing them on Twitter, it seems that other have been enjoying them as well recently.
The first book I read was The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. Not an author I have come across before, but a quick read of the blurb indicated it may be a book I would enjoy.
The Girl On The Train surrounds Rachel’s life. She takes the same train to work every day, stopping at the same crossing seeing the houses next to the railway line. She know all about the couple who live in one particular house and finds herself imagining how their lives are. Of course Rachel doesn’t really know these people but she has built them up in her mind to be her friends. As we delve more into Rachel’s life it appears that she is struggling with the breakdown of a marriage, alcohol problems and a job loss, yet she still takes the train every day past the houses. It transpires that she used to live in a similar house on the same street before her marriage broke down.
The book takes a quick twist and turn when Rachel sees something from the train one day that will change everything for her. She finds herself getting deeper and deeper into others lives that start intertwining with her own, and Rachel becomes part of the life that she watched on a daily basis in the past.
I found the style of reading very easy to be pulled into early on in the book and I was gripped from the first page. What I wasn’t prepared for was the twists and turns that had me guessing right up until the end. I was very impressed with Hawkins’ writing style and will be on the look out for more from her in the future.
The other book that found itself in my trolley was The Lake House by Kate Morton. A recent release and a thicker book than I usually purchase, but I had heard a little about this book so was intrigued to read it.
Spanning over seventy years, the book chops in and out of the present and the past, covering three different characters. The Edevane family live in Cornwall in their country home Loeanneth. The house and grounds has been in the family for generations as we meet Alice, a sixteen year old girl in love with the gardener and a keen writer. Every year the family host a grand Midsummer’s Eve party, but their lives are tainted with tragedy as we are introduced to them in the book.
Alice’s Mum Eleanor also plays a large role in the book, as we learn a lot about her life growing up, marrying and having children, however the main focus of the book is Alice and a detective Sadie Sparrow. Sadie is taking time away from her police job and staying with her Grandad in Cornwall when she stumbles upon the deserted country home the Edevane’s once lived in. As she becomes more entwined into the house and lives of the Edevane’s the plotline really does keep you guessing until the end.
It took me a little longer to become truly engrossed in The Lake House, however once I had understood the timeline of the book and caught up with each character and how they are blending together, I was truly engrossed and couldn’t wait to get to the end. The plot gave subtle clues that led me down my own garden path, but the true twist at the end was a surprise until it happened which is the sign of a great writer. The Lake House is the first book I have read by Kate Morton, however I will be adding her other titles to my reading list.