First, there was GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. Next came Paula Hawkins’ THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. Now, we’re widely anticipating Fiona Barton’s THE WIDOW. Thrillers with unreliable, messed up narrators are taking the world by storm!
But if you can’t wait for THE WIDOW (which was just released in mid February, and probably has a million holds already at your library), there is something to tide you over: the release of the movie version of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN on Oct. 7th.
If you haven’t read this book, it is a wild ride. The main character, Rachel, commutes to and from work each day on the train, passing by her ex-husband’s home. He’s moved on, but she is having trouble. On a regular stop, Rachel peers into the home of two strangers who live near him, and quickly imagines a romantic love story involving the pair. But one day, something happens as the train is stopped, and it shatters everything she’s come to believe about the couple. Instead of simply forgetting about it, Rachel is drawn into a tangled mess of deceit and mystery. From one page to the next, you won’t know what to believe or who to trust.
The movie version is set to star British actress Emily Blunt as Rachel, and a cast of other well known actors from Lisa Kudrow to Justin Theroux. While the book was set in England (author Paula Hawkins became Britain’s newest debut-extraordinaire last year), the movie will be set in New York City, presumably due to costs.
So, get your tickets early, and in the meantime, get on the waiting list for THE WIDOW. I suspect we’ll be hearing about this one more and more as the months go on.