Book Beginnings and Friday 56: The Girl on the Train

Book Beginnings is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader.
Rules:
Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Rules:
– Grab a book, any book.
– Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
– Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
– Post it.

My book this week is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Beginning:
There is a pile of clothing on the side of the train tracks. Light-blue cloth – a shirt, perhaps – jumbled up with something dirty white. It’s probably rubbish, part of a load dumped into the scrubby little wood up the bank. It could have been left behind by the engineers who work this part of the track, they’re here often enough. Or it could be something else. My mother used to tell me that I had an overactive imagination; Tom said that, too. I can’t help it, I catch sight of these discarded scraps, a dirty T-shirt or a lonesome shoe, and all I can think of is the other shoe and the feet that fitted into them.

Friday 56:
I’ve told Kamal all about Ben, but we’re getting closer to the other stuff now, the truth, the whole truth – what happened with Mac, the before, the after. It’s safe with Kamal, he can’t ever tell anyone because of patient confidentiality.

But even if he could tell someone, I don’t think he would. I trust him, I really do. It’s funny, but the thing that’s been holding me back from telling him everything is not fear of what he’d do with it, it’s not the fear of judgment, it’s Scott. It feels like I’m betraying Scott if I tell Kamal something I can’t tell him. When you think about all the stuff I’ve done, the other betrayals, this should be peanuts, but it isn’t. Somehow this feels worse, because this is real life, this is the heart of me, and I don’t share it with him.
Initial Reactions / Other Thoughts
I was intrigued right away by this opening. I really didn’t know much about this book other than that everyone is reading it. And that people say it’s like Gone Girl, which I hated. But I like a good bandwagon, so I reserved this from the library anyway. 
I’m glad I did! I’m about 60 pages in, and I am really enjoying it so far. The writing style is unique. I like the characters. And I need to know what happens!!!

What books have you been reading this week?

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15 Comments

    1. Thanks! I am really enjoying it so far. I have my sister visiting this weekend, so it may be hard to find time to read, but I want to squeeze it in. Because it's so good and because it's due back to the library on Tuesday. 🙂

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