EXCERPT: I gave a cordial glance at the woman beside me and felt an immediate kinship with her. She didn’t seem to be part of the raucous melee and looked to be in her late twenties, like me. My smile, however, was wasted as she failed to register my presence. She wore the kind of fixed stare that made me want to flap my hands up and down in front of her face and ask ‘Is anyone there?’
Her scraggly hair had a stiff fringe like a yard broom that looked like it would move all at once if touched. Someone should have told her that the specs were all wrong; they were chunky like the ones you get in joke shops that have a plastic nose and moustache attached. The right style might have lifted her appearance out of the plain zone into one bordering on pretty.
There was something else, however, that struck me as soon as the train left the station. She was edgy, agitated, checking her watch every few moments. I heard her sigh several times and her neck craned back and forth as she looked up and down the aisle. As I tried to settle into my novel, it started to become distracting and after about five minutes, annoying. I turned Michael Buble up on my i-pod in an effort to block her out.
Before long, the guard appeared. ‘Waterloo. …Waterloo. ..’ he hummed, like the Abba song, as he clipped tiny boxes into the corners of our tickets. My shoulders dropped. Little Miss Fidget was going to be beside me all the way to the end of the line. As if to confirm my fears she wriggled in her seat, drummed her fingers on the edge of her bag, sniffed, pushed up her glasses then started the cycle again.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Everything points to suicide – but I saw her face…
Headstrong Journalist, Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like – her own husband killed himself five years earlier. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Anna’s bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking awkward questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case.
Anna, however, believes Elly’s fears for Toby, her young nephew, missing since being snatched from St Stephen’s church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly’s distress. Through a series of cryptic clues Elly left behind, Anna starts asking awkward questions, embarking on a dangerous crusade to track down Toby and find Elly’s killer.
But nothing is as it seems and Anna opens a can of worms that throws into question the death of her husband, five years earlier – before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.
MY THOUGHTS: I thought this an excellent read with numerous twists, turns and dead ends. It is told from two points of view, that of Anna and, in the latter part of the book, we learn what happened from Ellie.
I liked the flow of the plot, the suspicions that are cast, the action but, most of all, the characters. The plot is refreshing, realistic, and all together believable. The author casts the nets of suspicion wide, and although I correctly guessed ‘whodunit’, I wasn’t entirely sure until it was finally revealed. There is a satisfying amount of suspense, plus a little ‘action’ (not sexual).
A well rounded, interesting read that left me wanting to read more from this author. I could say a lot more, but in the interests of not giving away anything in the plot, I won’t.
THE AUTHOR: AJ Waines writes Psychological Thrillers with *nearly half-a-million* copies sold worldwide. She’s a #1 Bestselling Author: GIRL ON A TRAIN topped the full UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 & 2016.
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The Evil Beneath, Girl on a Train, Dark Place to Hide, No Longer Safe, Inside the Whispers, Lost in the Lake, Don’t you Dare Find them all at: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
Formerly a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, she has worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, giving her a rare insight into abnormal psychology. She is fascinated by secrets and lies, crimes of passion, devious motives and anything hidden under floorboards.
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AJ has book deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and Canada (audiobooks). She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband.
DISCLOSURE: I listened to The Girl On A Train by A. J. Waines, narrated by Melissa Chambers, published by Novel Audio, via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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