Book Discussion: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.


Hi, guys! I’m Sayari and I’m one of the new members who have started contributing to abookesia and in my first post in this blog, I’ll be discussing The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is the latest fad and has generated rave reviews from both critics and the popular readers alike. This book has recreated the Gone Girl frenzy and the obsession with The Girl on the Train is totally justified and I’ll tell you why. My fellow blogger, Sanchita had been nagging me to read the book for quite some time and I eventually came around to reading the book only a few days ago and it took me less than two days to go through its 316 pages. Yes, the book is THAT interesting and unputdownable!

The Girl on the Train is essentially a thriller although its subplots explore a few other genres as well. While reading this book I realized that it is impossible to discuss the book and even its genres in length without giving away the story. The entire plot has been narrated in first person voice of three female characters – Rachel, Megan and Anna where Rachel is the prime protagonist of the story.

On the first page of the book Rachel appears as just another person you’d see on a train who like thousand others like us is on her daily commute to work and back home. She appears as uninteresting and mundane as any other Plain Jane you know. But Rachel here is actually slightly different. She’s a victim of a broken marriage, unemployment, has lost her home and is slowly sinking into the dark depths of depression, alcoholism and bankruptcy. She’s ever melancholic and is unable to let go of her husband and accept the fact that he’s happy with his new wife and to him she’s just a ghost from the past. Her unreliable mental state and heavy drinking causes her to experience blackouts and complete loss of memory during which she ends up doing/saying things which only make her hate herself even more. Distraught by her broken marriage and unhappiness, Rachel seeks solace in her daily train travel to London. She’s in awe of this beautiful Victorian house that she spots along the tracks and starts fancying its occupants, “Jess and Jason – the perfect couple”. Although she doesn’t know them yet she aspires for a life as beautiful and fulfilling as theirs. To her they are the most beautiful and happy people she’s ever known. Everything is going as expected in Rachel’s life until she sees something so shocking in the ” perfect house”, even if for a minute, that she finds herself drawn into a bizarre situation where she sinks further into the murkier depths of a mystery that is going to change her life forever.

This is literally ALL I can say without spoiling the book for you.

More often than not we tend to dismiss debut work and assume that being their first book, the author is bound to fumble or get too extravagant along the course of the story but Paula Hawkins surprisingly does neither. She’s calm, composed, confident and in complete control of the plot. It is a stylishly written coming-of-age thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing until the very end. The sentences are short, the storyline crisp and the characters hauntingly beautiful. This is the level of perfection that many seasoned mystery writers had failed to achieve in their debut work. But not Paula, she’s bang on from the very first page of her book.

The character that particularly interested me would be that of Rachel Watson. By writing about Rachel, Hawkins actually writes about each one of us who are bound to turn into a Rachel if we found ourselves in a situation as helpless as hers. It made me wonder how so many of us go about our day so mechanically just to avoid losing a grip of our carefully planned lives and spiralling out of control towards darkness. While analyzing the other two female characters, Anna and Megan, I couldn’t help but notice how even these two women are on different stages of turning into a Rachel. Paula Hawkins seems to have taken extra care in sketching every character in the story and she nails it by making them as complicated as is expected of any thriller. They are raw and terrifying and Hawkins has brilliantly exposed the madman psyche in seemingly normal people. She has dug out the complications of apparently happy families and unhappiness in seemingly content marriages. One must applaud Hawkins’ courage for penning down our deepest fears. With The Girl on the Train, Hawkins has left us astonished and terrified of our own minds. She has dared and her daring has resulted into this wonderful masterpiece which has startled all of us and has left us craving for more from her. If you think that no upcoming thriller could ever beat Gone Girl, you are in for a surprise. The Girl on the Train is in the same league as Gone Girl and is sure to haunt you a long time after you’ve turned the last page. Go pick the book NOW and experience an outstanding thriller. Happy reading to you!



Book Traveling Thursday #4: A book that brings you “fall feels”.

It’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays! This meme is created by the wonderful bloggers from Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much. If you want to participate in this meme, you just have to go to the Goodreads group where the weekly themes will be announced at the beginning of each month. I will link the group here. After that, you have to just select a book according to the theme and explain why you chose this book in a blog post. In that post, you also have to choose different covers of the book you select. To be more specific, you have to post the original cover, the covers from you country, your favourite cover, and lastly, your least favourite cover. So, here goes!

This week’s theme is to choose a book that brings me the nostalgic “fall” feels. And because fall precedes winter, which is the only time we get some break from the heat here in India, it makes me very happy! At this time of the year, I love to read books from genres like mystery or thriller. So, the book I’m going to choose for this theme is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The creepiness of this book is something I enjoy a lot! I love screwed-up characters and Nick and Amy are the most screwed-up characters that I’ve ever read about. So, this book seems like the perfect choice to me!

Original Cover:

isbn9780753827666This cover is really pretty and I really like it! There’s not much to the cover but somehow, this cover looks really cool, even though it’s not the best cover out there.

Covers from my country (India):

21480930 23290223These are the covers from my country. The orange cover is same as the original one. But I would prefer to have the black cover because all the other Gillian Flynn books have covers with black backgrounds. This copy of Gone Girl looks very odd next to my copies of Dark Places and Sharp Objects. I just like my books to match, is that too much to ask for publishers? Apparently, yes! 😦

The other cover is, of course, the movie version. But the original is always so much better! Sorry! 😛

Favourite Cover:

13617471 23453787 I really liked these covers. The blue one is Indonesian and the other one is Dutch. The Dutch cover is so beautiful that I had to choose it. Though it doesn’t quite relate to the story, and generally I don’t like people’s faces on covers, I had to choose it because of it’s sheer beauty! The blue one, however, captures the moods of the story and represents it well. I loved them both!

Least Favourite Cover:

17697576This cover is weird! The girl on the cover looks straight out of a horror movie and the cover as a whole is unattractive. This is a Macedonian cover. And I thought that this was the worst cover that I could find.

So, here it is! A book that brings me “fall feels”. Tell me what you think about Gone Girl and about it’s covers! Also, comment on the book that brings you your fall feels! Until next time then.



Book Discussion: Every Day by David Levithan.

13262783This is the first book of David Levithan that I have read. I first heard about David Levithan when he co-wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green. Since then, I’ve been wanting to check out his books and I found the premise of this book to be quite interesting. I’m glad I picked this up because I really liked it!

Goodreads Synopsis-

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

I didn’t know what to expect while going into this book. As you have possibly noticed, I am really in the mood for contemporary books, and I am reading them non-stop. This, however, is a little bit different. This story had some sci-fi elements weaved into it and that made it more interesting for me to start. From the moment I started to read this book, I knew I was going to remember this book for its writing style. If the story didn’t reach me, the words did. David Levithan has such a great writing style! It flows so freely and beautifully that it’s almost like a poem. He is also very, very quotable, just like John Green. For example,

This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.


If you stare at the center of the universe, there is coldness there. A blankness. Ultimately, the universe doesn’t care about us. Time doesn’t care about us. That’s why we have to care about each other.

or even,

It is its own form of conversation — you can learn a lot about people from the stories they tell, but you can also know them from the way they sing along, whether they like the windows up or down, if they live by the map or by the world, if they feel the pull of the ocean.

And there are so many of these beautiful sentences that I had a hard time choosing only three! The writing is so beautiful that it sucks you in and doesn’t let you go. I would read other books by him just to experience this quality of writing again. But that doesn’t mean that the story isn’t interesting! It is! But the writing leaves the story behind by a wide margin. In the first half of the book, the plot is so very engaging. But I thought that it began to lag a bit from the middle. At one point, I even felt like the author himself didn’t know which path to take. But I really liked the ending. It was heartfelt and moving and beautiful.

Another thing that I really want to discuss about is the concept of gender in this book. The way that A thought about gender is something that I found to be very fascinating. And while I was reading the book, I constantly thought about it. I remembered Wanderer from The Host by Stephenie Meyer, which is somehow similar to this book, say that even though she would function well enough if she was put in the body of a male, she considers herself to be female. But A was different. He never really minded being male or female or transgender. At one point in the story, he describes gender as being similar to the clothes we wear. He describes how gender too is something you can put away if you can just look beyond the biological differences. I though that this was a really interesting observation! Throughout the book, there are these constant observations about how every human being is about 98% similar but we are never able to look past the 2%.

So, as you can see I am a really big fan for the writing style. But the story itself lacked direction. I was confused about how to actually rate it because the story was like a 2.5 for me but the writing was definitely a 5. Ultimately, I decided to give it a 4 on Goodreads. I would really recommend this book to everyone for the writing. Also, please recommend me some good David Levithan books because I would like to read more of his works. Have you read the book yet? If you have, did you like it? Please comment! Until next time then.


My rating- 3.75/5.

My Goodreads rating-4/5.


The Blogger Recognition Award

02a6e-br_awardHey bookworms! I have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the amazing Alyssa @ Alyssa is Reading. Thank you so much for nominating us Alyssa and a big shoutout to you!

The Rules

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
  • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image in the right).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

I started this blog because I wanted to be a part of the bookish community. I have always been a reader but I’ve never been able to find a lot of people who shared my interests. I wanted a way to communicate with other readers about each and every book I read. This was one of the main reasons why I started this blog. Blogging about books regularly is a way of expressing my love for books. All the other people in this blog share the same deep love for books as I do!

I am pretty new to the blogosphere myself so I don’t know if I’m qualified enough to give advice to the other bloggers, but if I have to, I would say that be excited about what you write. Make it a hobby, not a job. And be as genuine as you can. That’s all! 🙂

The bloggers I nominate are-

If you’ve already received this award, please tag your post in the comments! For all the other people, have fun! 😀



Book Discussion: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

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Hello bibliophiles! Firstly, I will like to thank Sanchita for letting me write in her blog. I will start with a brief discussion on The Invention Of Wings. This is my very first post so I am pretty nervous. I will be waiting for your honest feedback.

The Invention Of Wings , by Sue Monk Kidd, is a historical novel where a fictionalised account of the Grimke sisters who were at the forefront of the Abolitionist and women’s rights movement is provided. The novel expounds the lives of Sarah Grimke, her baby sister-Angelina Grimke aka Nina and their family slave named Handful aka Hetty. Kidd has introduced other fictional characters as well, which further enhances the enthralling factor of this book. Sarah Grimke, the protagonist, was born to a slavery-cherished, super rich White family of Charleston, South Carolina. From her early childhood she was exposed to the brutality of slavery. Unlike her family, she possessed revolutionary anti-slavery principles, much to their abhorrence.

On her eleventh birthday she was presented with Hetty, aka Handful, as her handmaid. The novel is written from the alternative perspectives of Sarah and Hetty. Despite expressing deep contempt on receiving a human being as a birthday gift, Sarah’s domineering, snobbish mother did not allow her to free Hetty. Her brothers and father gave her a cold shoulder when she talked about her ambition of becoming a jurist as ‘that was no job for a woman’. All her ahead-of-time thoughts were either disregarded for being ‘mere ranting’ or met with a word fight where no matter how brilliant her comebacks were, she was always defeated. Continuous opposition around her made her a slave entrapped in the body of a free White for a short time, unlike Hetty, who had an undaunted spirit all throughout the novel. Though she was kind, she could never protect Hetty completely. Hetty did not want her kindness and sympathy though. She was hungry to get her fundamental human rights.

My personal favourite character is that of Hetty’s mother- Charlotte. She was a daring, strong woman. The shackles of slavery could never curb her free soul that was carefully nourished beneath the body of a slave. She undertook daring ventures with the hope of earning her and Hetty’s freedom, one day. She was an optimistic individual who always talked about her people’s possessing wings back in the good old days. She was stubborn and clever. Despite dying she kept her dreams, aspirations and intentions alive through Hetty and her other daughter- Sky.

Sarah was the godmother to her younger sister, Angelina aka Nina. Though they had two different bodies, they shared the same soul. Angelina and Sarah assisted each other to overcome the other’s shortcomings and together they fought against the inhumane torture, both physical and mental, induced upon slaves and women. A time came when their ideas seemed too radical even to the so-called liberal Quarker society famous for their anti-slavery principles. Sarah refused to marry the man of her dreams as he used to think that her ambition of becoming a minister was only a way of diverting her mind from the pangs of unrequited love, which she was facing at that point of time. Later, the more impediments the duo faced, the more indomitable their spirits became. Eventually they became inexorable when it came to preaching publicly about their hearts’ deep ideals concerning feminism and the felonious practice of slavery.

Sarah and Hetty’s lives somewhat got entangled together while they were on their individual quests of self-exploration and freedom of the body and mind. They would aid in shaping each others’ fates. What I loved the most about this book is the fact that it brought into limelight the similarities between slavery and patriarchy. Both arise from the power loving corrupt mindset where one gains a false sense of security by oppressing the so-called weaker class. The Whites were quite aware of the fact that their livelihoods and lifestyles entirely depended on the population and efficiency of the coloured folks. Getting rid of them would pull a conclusion to their fairytalish lavish living standards. Moreover, dictating their lives was a way of tightening their grip on society. The same goes for the men folk. They had to repress women in every way, so to preserve the superior position in society, which they were holding since times immemorial.

Professing feminism and anti-slavery was a much bigger deal in the nineteenth century, when people were too indolent and also afraid to break societal norms, as compared to it is now. Moreover, to identify the thorn in the flesh and to protest against that in the time when injustice was legal is a HUGE DEAL. Kidd has done a brilliant job in weaving such a thought-provoking and emotionally stimulating tale. Read the book ASAP if you have not so that we can discuss more in the comments section.

My rating- 5/5



Book Traveling Thursday #3: Choose a Book Your O.T.P. Is In.

It’s time for Book Traveling Thursdays! This meme is created by the wonderful bloggers from Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much. If you want to participate in this meme, you just have to go to the Goodreads group where the weekly themes will be announced at the beginning of each month. I will link the group here. After that, you have to just select a book according to the theme and explain why you chose this book in a blog post. In that post, you also have to choose different covers of the book you select. To be more specific, you have to post the original cover, the covers from you country, your favourite cover, and lastly, your least favourite cover. So, here goes!

This week’s theme is to choose a book that your O.T.P. is in! Now this was a very difficult decision because I have so many O.T.P.s that it is very difficult to choose just one. But finally, I’ve decided to choose Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I just love Williem and Allyson together! And I can’t get enough of them. I read the book towards the beginning of this year and I haven’t been able to get over that couple. So, ya. They are my O.T.P. couple. Special mention to Gus and Hazel from TFIOS, Cath and Levi from Fangirl and Feyre and Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Original Cover and Cover from my country (India):

12842115The original cover is sort of average. Yes, it shows a girl, sitting in a cafe in Paris. But that’s about it. I rarely like the faces of people in covers. And so, this cover is just meh for me. It’s not bad, but it’s also not good. It won’t compel people to buy the book, it won’t grab their attention. So, ya, there’s that.

Favourite Cover:

25542442This cover is just so beautiful! If I see this cover on a bookstore, I would be immediately drawn to it. It’s just so attractive! It also captures the essence of the story. I love it! I should also mention that this cover is also available in my country but I mostly see the original cover in bookshops and I, too, own the original cover. So, I didn’t list it under covers from my country.

Least Favourite Cover:

23095603Of all the covers I saw in Goodreads, this is definitely my least favourite. This Spanish cover make the book look like a poorly executed children’s picture storybook. I don’t know how the publishers chose this cover or why, but if I see this cover in a bookstore, I would just laugh at it and move on without bothering to read the synopsis.

So, here it is! A book with my O.T.P. in it! Tell me what are your O.T.P.s in the comments so that we can fangirl together! Also, tell me what you feel about these covers and about the book. Well, until next time then.





Any fan of the horror-crime-thriller genre(s) would be pretty familiar with the name Gillian Flynn. They would know how deftly Flynn pens her plots, making the reader go through a whirlpool of fear, suspense, mystery, dread, pity, and stark horror. ‘Dark Places’ is another of Gillian Flynn gripping, spine-chilling novels which refuses to leave your mind free of the macabre incidents happening outside in so many parts of the world.

Libby Day, the protagonist, has been an orphan since she was 7 years of age when her fifteen-year-old brother Ben had been put behind the bars, accused of having brutally murdered his mother and his two other younger sisters for a Satanic cult ritual, while she had escaped through the window.

The prologue, quoted from the book, is-

” The Days were a clan that mighta lived long

   But Ben Day’s head got screwed on the wrong

   That boy craved dark Satan’s power

   So he killed his family in one nasty hour

   Little Michelle he strangled in the night

   Then chopped up Debby: a bloody sight

   Mother Patty he saved for last

   Blew off her head with a shotgun blast

   Baby Libby somehow survived

   But to live through that ain’t much a life

                -schoolyard rhyme, circa 1985 

All her life Libby has maintained that Ben was the murderer of her family. Twenty-five years later when she is contacted by the Kill Club, a group of amateur investigators convinced of her brother’s innocence in the “’The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas” incident, Libby starts to question her own verdict before the court and to herself and the media, forcing herself to delve into the memories of “that night” within the “dark place” in her heart. In return of certain amount of fees, Libby decides to track down the people involved with the massacre, only to discover a deeper truth and finding herself face-to-face with the killer who has now focused on finishing off the unfinished job of wiping off the Days.

The narrative of ‘Dark Places’ swings between the present and the past, the present being Libby’s narration, and the past being mainly Ben’s and Patty’s narrations, giving shape to three different characters and their psychologies. This helps to paint a picture of “a grim life of desperate poverty, marital abuse and abandonment that characterize life on the farm prior to the murder”.

I absolutely love this book, but I don’t think this book is as unnerving and crazy-pulse-beating as Gillian Flynn’s other novels ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Sharp Objects’. I feel that there are times where there is slightly too much information that borders on just-a-little-bit-kinda-boring. But I cannot deny this book of its brilliance as a mystery novel.

I am sure thriller lovers have already given this book a try. But those who haven’t read this, please do give it a try. I mean it- despite that small negative point written above, this book is pretty amazing. If you love Gillian Flynn books, you will love this.


I would give this book a rating of 4/5.

This is the first time I am writing a review on a blog, so a big thank you for bearing with me.

– Bhaswati.

Some New Changes and Other Plans

Hi, bibliophiles!

Okay, so some things have changed since I first started this blog. And now, I am adding some new changes! But first, there are few things about which I would like to inform you people.

Firstly, I guess you have noticed that even though there are two writers in this blog, I am the one who wrote most articles. There has been some problems. Ishita, the other writer in this blog, have decided to leave us for personal reasons. So, she would not be writing on this blog anymore. These reasons also prevented her from writing before. Now, you must be thinking that I won’t be able to post so many articles by myself anymore! So maybe, I am going to inform you here that I would only be writing one or two articles each week. Right?


I have been able to get four more writers for this blog. Yes, you read that right! Four more! Now you might be wondering, “Sanchita! What would you do with so many writers?”. The number of articles per week will increase to at least four. I say “at least” because we have plans for more and more articles! If we are able to execute our plans, then this blog will be better than ever! However, there may be some changes with the days in which we post “Book Discussions” and the days we do memes or tags or other things like this. But you guys will be informed about that from beforehand.

So, let me introduce these awesome new people who would be writing in this blog from this week. All these people are my closest friends in college and I love them all very much! They are Bhaswati, Debanjana, Sayantoni and Sayari. We are all majoring in English from the same university. They would all introduce themselves again when they post something.

So, that’s all I had to say. I have to keep silent for the upcoming plans because we haven’t yet decided on anything. But I hope you all will like it! We will try our hardest to write the best articles we can. I hope you guys will like us more for these changes and accept them.

Please welcome these new writers. Also, comment if you want to know anything else about us or the articles we plan to do! Tomorrow, Bhaswati is going to post a Book Discussion on Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

Until next time then!



Book Discussion: Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

15726915How do I even begin to explain what I feel about this book? How much it suddenly means to me? I can only try to explain how I felt while reading this. This book is one of those stories that you want to keep to yourself and hope it was written only for you. But I need to write this because more and more people need to read this book. But trigger warning for rape and self-harm. So, if you are too young or you are not too comfortable with these, I would advice you to not pick it up.

Goodreads Synopsis-

An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

I first heard about this book in Booktube. And since then, I have been very interested in reading this one. From the moment I started reading it, the story gripped me. And I finished this book within a day. I never felt like putting down this book and so I didn’t. And when I finished it, I was filled with so many emotions. But mostly, I felt satisfied.

The book starts with the funeral of Bodee’s mother. From the first moment that Alexi met Bodee, I knew that I would fall in love with the character of Bodee. The way he was sketched was beautiful, just like every other aspect of the book. I love flawed characters and both Bodee and Alexi were very flawed. But their faults couldn’t hide their beauty. Their flaws accentuated it. There was also a very dark mood throughout the story. Even when there were moments between Bodee and Alexi that would have been cute in other books, this book touched those moments with a bit of hope and sadness. This is one of the credits of the writing style. The author mixes melancholy with everything but you can also can’t not feel hopeful by the end of it.

Now just by reading the synopsis, you get the feeling that it’s all about the boy. And that it’s going to be one of those mindless romances. But trust me, it’s not. There are lots of different aspects in the story. There is a very strong family aspect in the story which I loved. There are also lots of stuff about high-school and friends and various issues related to it. But the most potent issue addressed in this story is that of sexual assault and rape. I was very impressed by how a serious issue like this was addressed. I could completely understand why Alexi was acting in the way she was. Her weakness was a result of the traumatic events she had to face and still the strength she had surprised me. She did not have ideal ways for dealing with her trauma but I understood each and every decision of hers. I don’t know what that makes me, but I do. Also, there was this constant mystery throughout the novel about who actually raped Alexi, which made the book more compelling.

To conclude, I should say that even though I mentioned a lot of things about this book, I also missed some. You can only get the full impact of this book once you read it. I feel like I haven’t read a contemporary like this in forever. I believe that if you read it, it’s impossible not to like it in the very least. So, please give it a try! Also, don’t forget to tell me what you think about this book in the comments. So, until next time.

My rating- 5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.