The Perfect Book to Start the Year With (Plus 18 Others)
The dreary weather has you stuck inside, but we've found the novel that'll make you happy to do so (and is way better than binge watching TV).
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The Girl on the Train
336 pages; Riverhead Hardcover
Available at:Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound
Send in the blizzards, because nothing as mundane as work, school or walking the dog should distract you from this debut thriller. Rachel takes the same train into London every morning, whose slow route allows her a daily glimpse of an attractive couple she calls Jason and Jess. By all appearances, the two have the kind of comfortable, affectionate life that she and her husband used to share—before he left her for another woman. But one morning she spots Jess kissing another man, and not long after that, Jess disappears. Rachel goes to the police to report her observations, but unsurprisingly isn't taken seriously. She drinks heavily and is covered with "the sort of bruises you get from walking into things." Add to this, she also admits to semi-stalking her ex and his new wife. A natural fit for fans of Gone Girl-style unreliable narrators and twisty, fast-moving plots, The Girl on the Train will have you racing through the pages as Rachel tries to pin down what she really witnessed, despite the fact that, as she says, "Every time I'm about to seize the moment, it drifts back into the shadow, just beyond my reach."
— Stephanie Klose