Book Buzz – July.

Events in Bideford Library.

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge will be launched on Saturday 15th July ; the theme this year is Animal Agents. There will be lots of exciting events and activities going on at Bideford Library so join up for a summer of fun!

Our lively and very friendly ‘nifty needles’ group meet in the library every Friday between 4 – 6. Whether you have nifty needle, or you are a complete beginner needle novice, join our friendly group to share ideas and inspiration over a cuppa. 01237 476075


‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins : discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

This best-selling novel is narrated by three women : Rachel, Megan and Anna, whose lives are linked by tragedy.

Rachel is an alcoholic prone to blackouts and harassing her ex husband Tom with drunken texts and phone calls. Every day she makes the commute to London, the journey taking her past the back garden of her old marital home, occupied by Tom, his new wife Anna and their baby. Every day the train stops a few doors down from it and she fantasises about the perfect life of the couple who live there, Jess and Jason, as she names them

Jess and Jason (actually Megan and Scott) though are not the perfect couple. She has her own demons. She has a troubled past, is listless and unfulfilled, trying to fill the void with a series of affairs.

One day whilst the train is stopped she spots something in “Jess’s” house that shocks her and when she goes missing Rachel gets involved not only in the investigation but also their lives.

This book was met with mixed reviews by our group, one enthralled by it, while 2 or 3 found it tedious. The majority enjoyed reading it, liked the plot and the twists and turns, and while it was a good read, it is not a literary masterpiece – not earning a place in the bookcase to be read again.

It is often compared to ‘Gone Girl,’ both classed as psychological thrillers, which might explain why it is ‘ girl’ on the train rather than the more accurate ‘woman’

Mary Corin.

Next month’s book is Booker prize winner, ‘The Luminaries’, by Eleanor Catton. Copies available at the library. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm in Bideford Library.


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