Thorndike Press Mystery/Thriller
Hawkins has twisted a story scrupulously complex and emotionally intricate. Her protagonist, Rachel, is absorbed with the people she watches from the train as she rides the same commuter train to and from work every day. Similar to Agatha Christie’s foreshadowing devices, Hawkins deftly reveals on the first page a clue of immense proportion. Rachel’s ordinary treks into the city take on a life of their own while Hawkins jars the reader’s sensibilities and ramps the tension. In this taut tale, a world is exposed that is anything but what it seems to Rachel. As with Alice who rambles in Wonderland, readers are drawn into the story with carefully crafted prose that demands they help Rachel to unravel what is happening to her. Rachel’s voyeurism borders on stalking as the book unfolds, but she is convinced she has sensitive information the police need. They are convinced she needs to be put in a psych unit. With this heartrending tale, Hawkins proves that the world is indeed a very small place.
Review provided by Mahala Church for her column Barefoot Book Reviews in the October 2015 issue of The Book Breeze