For April, our book club read The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins.
First of all, it was a very quick read. Sometimes, that's good, in a page-turning way. You know that feeling: oh my gosh, I have GOT to finish this chapter and get to the next one! Because you are just so wrapped up in the story.(*even though I didn't have pages with this one; I read it on my iPad. See more about that below.*)
Or perhaps it's a quick read because it seems easy or not very thought-provoking.
But The Girl on the Train was neither of these things. It was a good story, but not overwhelmingly so, and it wasn't too simple, though I solved the mystery early...I'm not exactly sure what it was. I think I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. I wanted to find a reason to like the main character...and, after awhile, I did. I'm glad I did...it made the story more enjoyable for me.
Here are the other folks' reviews:
*This is the first book I ever read on my iPad. I have always told myself that I need a physical book; I need pages to turn. I didn't find that to be true. I though maybe I was reading this book quickly because I was able to blow up the pages, which may be true to a degree. But I will probably never again read a book on my iPad because it ticked my husband off. We have never had a television in our bedroom because, darnit, our bedroom is for SLEEPING. So I have been told in no uncertain terms that the iPad in the bedroom is strictly verboten.
The other book I read this month was After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman. I like Lippman's Tess Monaghan series, and her stand-alone novels are similar to those of Jodi Picoult and Lisa Scottoline: genre fiction for women between Twilight and death.
After I'm Gone is not Lippman's best stand-alone, but it's not her worst. What I DID like about it was that she kept me guessing up until the very end! (This rarely happens!) It's the story of a decades-old disappearance and subsequent murder, with all the appropriate trappings. **If you like series mysteries, check out Lippman's Baltimore Blues and get a taste of Tess! (Which sounds vaguely pornographic, but there you have it.)
What have you read lately?