2016 · commercial fiction · fiction · HarperCollins Publishers · Maze Books · Romance · Uncategorized

Girl on a Plane Review

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Did it just get hot in here! Girl on a Plane is sexy and scintillating and I can guarantee that it’ll have your adrenaline pumping when reading about Sinead and Gabriel’s heated romance (as it did with mine!)

Sinead, the main protagonist of the novel, is a beautiful airhostess that just so happens to meet first –class-flying, Australian business man, Gabriel. Due to a tropical storm interrupting the flights, both Gabriel and Sinead coincidentally book the same hotel room, upon where they meet again.

This really is a jet-setting book with action all over the world – quite literally, the characters find themselves in Melbourne, London, Singapore, Paris and Thailand.

It’s not hard to see that there is an instant attraction and chemistry between Sinead and Gabriel that is simmering, even if Sinead is wary of entering into a relationship due to being badly hurt before by a previous partner. This is not your typical romance book where boy meets girl and they fall in love. Girl on a Plane deals with more than your average romance story line.  Sinead and Gabriel are well developed characters that are also relatable. We can instantly understand both perspectives, as the story is told through both Sinead and Gabriels perspective.

Girl on a Plane also deals with various sub plots such as Gabriels mum having health problems, which puts a lot of pressure on Gabriel as well as Sinead being tormented by her pscho ex partner, she also has a non existing relationship with her mother and her little sister dips in and our of her life. When these various sub plots are brought up, the tension and drama is undeniable making it impossible for me to put this book down.

Girl on a Plane is Cassandra O’Leary’s debut novel and was published by Maze Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

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2015 · commercial fiction · fiction · Penguin Random House UK · psychological thrillers · Uncategorized

The Girl On The Train review

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I have finally read this baby and now I know what all the hype is all about. Devoured within three days reading this going to and from work on the tube, The Girl On The Train will be one of those books that will happily join my never ending collection of books.

The Girl On The Train is about an alcoholic woman named Rachel who travels the same train journey every morning in to London. Like every morning, the train waits at the same signal upon where Rachel has a moment or two to look out at the houses. She notices the same house with the same couple living there, but one day, when Rachel sees something inconceivable she can’t help but get involved in the mystery.

I really liked the narrative structure, which switches from Rachel and Megan allowing us to understand the plot from the two women’s perspectives. The protagonist Rachel is a flawed character who is not particularly likeable, however, possessing a strong moral sense of doing the right thing, her perseverance and willingness to help is admirable, despite the ways in which she does so.

All the main characters were well developed and felt very much real to me. They would prance around in my mind and I’d often think about them when I was not reading – only a gripping book like Girl On The Train will have this affect on you.

The plot had lots of twists and turns, which inevitably kept me wanting to read more and more as I, like Rachel, also wanted to understand what had happened to Megan and how this had affected the other characters.

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My favourite part of the book is when we first hear of Megan’s voice through the narrative, where she explains the reasons why certain actions in her past were taken. Having not adjusted to the fact that Megan’s narrative is the lady that Rachel allocates a different name and life to is extremely satisfying when we finally understand what Paula Hawkins does there.

The ending was great too, Rachel telling us she has to get up early in the morning to catch the train, to me, was the perfect way to end.

I also think the idea behind the book was simple yet interesting. Paula Hawkins was once on a train when her train stopped at a signal and she looked out of her window to the houses nearby the tracks. She wondered what it would be like to write about every day situations and people, and voila, the idea was born.

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This was without a doubt a page-turner – a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is in to psychological thrillers.

 

fiction · Uncategorized

Eat Pray Love Review

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I first came across Eat Pray Love when a friend of mine recommended it to me. It is Elizabeth Gilbert first best selling spiritual memoir. where she explores her divorce with her husband, and long-term partner, which then paved the desire for taking the courageous journey on the road to self-discovery.

Liz was thirty one when her marriage and prosperous lifestyle crashed head first with a grueling divorce, followed by a passionate and then not-so-passionate love affair with a guy called David, that ended up in bitterness. Liz snaps up the opportunity to fly to Bali to write a story about yoga vacations. There she comes across other influential characters: one is a ninth- generation Indonesian medicine man, and the other, Felipe, her new love. Eat Pray Love covers Liz’s travels to Italy, India, and Bali. She decides to dedicate a year of her life eating whatever she wants, meditating and finding out who she really is without any pressure to find a man to make her happy. Liz’s publisher who was eager to see how Liz could transfer her experiences abroad into writing and hence Eat Pray Love was born.

It’s hard not to like Liz. She narrates her story and her well-developed voice throughout the memoir allows me to really get a good understanding of her as a character. Basing the memoir on herself also heightened my interest in the book as it’s always nice to find out more about the writer behind the work. With a prominent voice, it’s as if she’s sitting beside you, telling her experiences to you.

Not many writers can develop their narratives as effectively to make the reader feel that way. Liz doesn’t shy away from expressing the good, the bad, the ugly and the happiest moments. I think a writer that focuses their work on themselves is courageous to reveal a part of their life for the world to read and critique.

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The novel has a clear structure: Italy – thirty-six tales about the pursuit of pleasure, India – thirty-six tales about the pursuit of devotion and then Bali – thirty-six tales about the pursuit of balance.

What I liked most about Eat Pray Love was the simplicity of being able to love yourself for all that you are, and all that you aren’t. Which, I must admit, is not always an easy thing to do! Yet by following Liz through her journey of accepting and forgiving herself for her divorce, for all the bad relationships, for all the mistakes; it’s refreshing to see a woman put her desires and needs first instead of a man’s. And that taught me a thing or two too about where I stand with relationships.

Ironically, Liz does find love towards the end of the novel, which makes me happy for her, though this happens once she has learnt about herself and she had recovered from the guilt from the past, and has healed from her divorce.

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I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to be inspired about life, love in general, loving yourself and looking within to find the answers.