“The Girl on the Train”

As listed on the handy-dandy widget sidebar over there →  (if you’re reading from a landscape iPad or computer) I recently read the book “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. -and by recently I mean I started reading it on Friday and finished it on Saturday.

I could hardly put my kindle down! This was my first mystery/thriller genre of book and if I know I won’t have time to read another one like this all the way through (like on a long trip or a lazy weekend) I doubt that I will have the gall to start another- it was just way too addicting! I couldn’t stop reading until I found out what happened. Such a good read though!

The author, Paula Hawkins, worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. “The Girl on the Train” is her first thriller, and from what I can find out, also her first novel. Very impressive. I was also drawn to reading this book because she is from Zimbabwe originally. :) I support those fellow ties to Africa!

I can’t explain the book too much without giving away key details, but it is a very well-descripted book told from various characters’ viewpoints, at various settings, and different times. I was this close to writing down the dates and characters of each chapter on a piece of paper, so that when the next chapter would begin I would know where I was just left off from- but I survived without it just fine. :) The main focus is a slightly-obsessive, definitely depressed, alcoholic woman that was cheated on by her now ex-husband… and the events that followed. You just gotta read it! It was great. I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone under the age of 18 due to some mild adult content and language, but still a great read!

Have you read any thrillers? Did you also become a book-reading-zombie only stopping to eat? Let me know!

Sunday Funday 🍃🌲🚴🏻

Ahhh the laziness of yesterday was made up for today.

We are at Rosemary Hill today, but aren’t here for their fabulous morning or afternoon tea- we came to cycle.

Rosemary Hill is located just east of Pretoria and they are well-known for having a truly awesome mountain biking trail. (6km/10km) …but I’ve gotta admit – I chickened out and stopped at the 5km mark. My husband kept going and did the full 10km’s. He said it was awesome. It has a huge hill, and several tricky parts. And if he is saying they’re tricky, you better be a bit experienced to handle them. He also said you ride through abandoned buildings, and there are portions where you can choose the ‘chicken’ or ‘bull’ path. The first 5km’s that I can tell you about from experience, has about six spots with little hill-bridges and a whole forest portion with some tight turns.


The first little bridge ramp- by far the smallest, but the only one I could get a picture of easily.

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