A REVIEW FROM MY COMMUTE: The Girl on the Train — Paula Hawkins #Mystery

I’m woefully behind on posting reviews for the audiobooks I’ve listened to on my commute to and from work each day but life has a habit of getting busier than a bunny at Easter. I will get caught up though and this is the beginning of getting caught up…

This is my review for…

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins


I truly enjoyed every moment of this audiobook! I found myself wanting to stay a little longer in the car each time I parked just to listen to a little bit more.

The book itself is divided into the three perspectives of the women’s lives the story contains and each section is read by a different woman. As the story unfolds, you’re introduced to the three main players and I swear the actresses were chosen simply for the effect their voices would have on you.

At first you’re introduced to Rachel whose voice is a little smooth and a little stressed – as the story develops you really feel for her. Then you get to Jess/Megan (it’ll make sense when you read the book or listen to it) and you’re struck by the perfectness of her voice which soon transcends into something different as her story takes its twists and turns. And then you have Anna, whom at first I didn’t warm to, as her voice was cold and somewhat unsympathetic, but then as I got deeper into the plot, it was like her voice changed as her character’s perspective changed. All of this may have been psychosomatic on my part but there was something in those voices that really helped to frame my interpretation of the plot as it unfolded.

I’d highly recommend this one.

Rating: 5 out of 5

SPOTLIGHT: Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

3d Nora and KettleTitle:    Nora & Kettle

Series:  A Paper Stars Novel

Author:   Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Published:  February 29th (ebook), March 15th (print)  

Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing

Genre:  YA Historical

Recommended Age:  13+


“What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?”

Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having “one drop of Japanese blood in them” things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.

Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naive, eighteen-year-old Nora the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.

For months, they’ve lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.

In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.

Set in 1953, Nora & Kettle explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories, “a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world.”

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About the Author:

Lauren Nicolle TaylorLauren Nicolle Taylor lives in the lush Adelaide Hills. The daughter of a Malaysian nuclear physicist and an Australian scientist, she was expected to follow a science career path, attending Adelaide University and completing a Health Science degree with Honours in obstetrics and gynecology.

She then worked in health research for a short time before having her first child. Due to their extensive health issues, Lauren spent her twenties as a full-time mother/carer to her three children. When her family life settled down, she turned to writing.

Author of the best selling Woodlands Series, she is also a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semi-finalist and a USA Best Book Awards Finalist.

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A print copy of Nora & Kettle with a signed book plate

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