The Girl on the Train – Book Review

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If you haven’t speculated who she is, where she is going or what she is looking at out of the window, where on earth have you been?  The box offices and best seller lists are full of Paula Hawkins’ novel and now Hollywood blockbuster, ‘The Girl on the Train’.

The novel, set in the leafy London suburbs twists and turns through the seemingly self destructive daily commute of our heroine Rachel.  We join Rachel as she gazes out of the train window, sipping endless pre-made gin and tonics straight from the can, imagining a better life played out through snatched glances of an innocuous happy couple going about their loving, untroubled daily lives.

All is not what it seems when Megan, the housewife Rachel obsesses over from her vantage point is found murdered.  As Rachel fights to surface from fog filled alcoholism, she finds her past inextricably linked to the brutal and shocking murder of Megan.

Hawkins has created a gripping read for your morning commute.  Next time you are held at a red signal light, take a moment to ponder the lives of your fellow travelers, or the story behind the discarded muddy trainers by the side of the tracks.  You never know what tale may unravel . . .

The Girl on the Train is published by Black Swan and retails at £7.99

 

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Tanya Burr Autumn / Winter Collection

imageI’ve been meaning to review my two little purchases from Tanya Burr’s Autumn / Winter collection for yonks and yonks.  I adore Tanya’s makeup range which regularly completely sells out in Superdrug.  I snapped up these two products as soon as they were released on the Superdrug website because they just looked too pretty to pass by.

First up the eyeshadow pallete.  This is Midnight Smoulder which retails at £5.99 and contains four eyeshadows – star gazing, endless sky, midnight navy and into the night.  As with all of Tanya’s palletes you can use the colours on their own, or use all four together for a perfect smokey and dramatic eye.  This pallete is all about the blue, which I usually steer well clear of as I have green eyes, but I’ve actually used it to death in October and November.  Star gazing is a great neutral base, endless sky is a little bit ‘meh’ for me, it’s a silvery light blue which doesn’t really do a great deal for me, but acts as a good base on which to build.  Midnight navy is a fabulous dark navy and into the night is a classic smokey black.  If you are into your blues this pallete is a must and at £5.99 it’s a great introduction to not quite so scary blue eyeshadow!

Next up I treated myself to one of the new lipsticks, this one is ‘happily ever after’.  I bought this based on the swatches on Tanya’s blog post all about her new range, thinking it would be a super pretty girly pink, but it’s a pretty strong coral, so strong in fact it’s a complete waste of time for me and I won’t consider wearing this, not even on holiday.  I’m so disappointed the colour on my lips was such an extreme difference to the swatches.  Even in my photos I don’t think the extreme coral comes through enough – avoid! These lipsticks retail at £6.99 so I’m even more annoyed!

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Buying something silly

How cute are my new polar bear earrings?  Yes so they aren’t Cartier, they’re from a local Christmas gift fair and cost all of £4.50!  Ok so I did feel a little silly elbowing my way to the front of the queue, bypassing little girls to purchase my modelling clay tiny polar bear earrings, but […]

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Signed Zoella Giveaway!

Well hello there!  Today I have a special giveaway for my wonderful readers.  I’ve managed to get my hands on two signed copies of Zoella’s new book ‘Girl Online Going Solo’.  Yes I said signed!  By Zoella herself! All you have to do to enter is follow me on Twitter and retweet any of my […]

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Pregnancy Took My Breath Away!

Pregnancy took my breath away! So if you’ve ever been pregnant, or are thinking of starting a family you may well have a shared experience with me! As my pregnancy body developed and I felt like a giant egg shaped weeble, pregnancy literally took my breath away! It’s obvious really isn’t it? As this 9lb3 […]

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