train1The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins was a gift from a friend. Murder/mysteries are not a genre I read often but this one was captivating and I can see why it’s a current best-seller. Rachel has been dumped by her husband Tom in favour of a prettier model and adding agony to insult, her replacement, Anna produced the baby with Tom that Rachel craved but did not conceive.

Rachel is not successful in rebuilding her life. Moving in with a single female acquaintance from university, her drinking problem increases to the point she has blackouts and her lack of control costs her her job. Rather than admit that she’s been fired, Rachel takes the same commuter train at the same time to and from London every day, riding past the back yard of the home she shared with her ex-husband who now lives there with Anna and their baby daughter.

A regular signaling stop for the train permits her to spy on her old neighbourhood which includes a seemingly idyllic couple who live a couple of doors down. Through a combination of peculiar coincidences and intervention, Rachel becomes involved once again in the lives of both her ex-husband and their neighbours that result in a series of events that are both tragic and revealing.

One thing that always makes me uncomfortable, whether in life, in media or in the books I read is lying. I have zero tolerance for liars and little sympathy for the messes they create for themselves. Such was the case when I recently read Emma by Alexander McCaul Smith but even more so in this book. Much as I loved the story with all its twists and surprises, I always find myself thinking how much simpler life would be if people simply told the truth. Telling stories makes for good fiction but has questionable merit in real life, although withholding truth sometimes has its place to prevent hurting someone.

The Girl on The Train is a fun read and in view of the fact this is the author’s first book of fiction, I’m sure we can look forward to more. further insights into the Boomer perspective on business, fashion, mind and body, book and movie reviews, order my book, BOOMERBROADcast. It makes a great hostess or birthday gift as well as just a fun read.

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Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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  1. it must be popular…I’m 1343rd on the waiting list in the Ottawa library system.

    1. Wow! And I thought being 46 or 47 on the list was bad. I’m on the waiting list for about 8 books from Mississauga Library right now – eventually saving me a pile of money. Good luck!  Lynda Davis Follow my blog at: Social commentary on life from a Boomer Broad’s perspective e-mail: For further insights into the Boomer perspective on business, fashion, mind and body, order my new book, BOOMERBROADcast. It makes a great hostess, birthday or Christmas gift. Click on this link:  or

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