Years ago I was informed that we love people, not things. So I guess I have to say I “really like” psychological thrillers–especially with female leads. I don’t write psychological thrillers, but I will miss sleep reading to the end of one. And at this point in my life, that’s saying something.
I recently finished reading Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and really enjoyed it. However, it is unusual reading material for someone who is on a mission for their church because there isn’t one character in the whole book who is ” worthy of emulation.” Still, for pure entertainment, it can’t be beat.
Because I was interested in reviews of the book, I read an article by Claire Fullon who writes for the Huffington Post. She compared Girl on the Train to Gone Girl. Well, yes I can see some definite similarities and I enjoyed both of them. She said they each possessed a “thrilling plot with thoughtful critique of cultural norms–particularly those that place damaging weight on women.” Hum. I hadn’t thought about the implicit critique of cultural norms, but it is definitely there.
Now my problem is, how do I summarize the plot line to a very conventional husband and convince him it was worth my time to read it? Some things are simply not possible. 🙂
Speaking of “conventional” I am attaching a conventional mother’s poem titled “You Would Come” which was written years ago for my oldest child, Scott, who is no longer a child. 🙂