My Review of Girl on a Train by AJ Waines

Whenever I browsed in the Kindle Store in recent months it wasn't long before The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins popped up and eventually I succumbed and took a look at the book page. Over eight thousand reviews and more than half of them five star was an impressive recommendation. 
However, £5.70p seemed a hefty price tag and I returned to browsing and noticed Girl on a Train by AJ Waines with a very creditable two hundred plus reviews and available for no further charge in Kindle Unlimited.
Some of the reviewers pointed out that this book wasn't the best-selling book of a similar title and I wondered if it could be a copy-cat book trying to cash in on the Hawkins success. But closer investigation indicated that the girl with the definite article on the train was a completely different story to the other version so I downloaded Girl on a Train and started reading.

From the book description:

Journalist, Anna Rothman, knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years earlier. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Anna’s bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking awkward questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case. Anna, however, believes Elly’s fears for Toby, her young nephew, missing since being snatched from St Stephen’s church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly’s distress. Through a series of hidden messages Elly left behind, Anna embarks on a dangerous crusade to track down Toby and find Elly’s killer. But nothing is as it seems and Anna opens a can of worms that throws into question even her own husband’s suicide - before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.

The book certainly lives up to the intriguing description 

and soon becomes one that is difficult to put down. The story has several unexpected developments and all is not as it seems at the outset so the reader is puzzling throughout as to how the various elements of the plot will fit together.

Anna and her friends are interesting characters 

who evolve complex relationships as the story progresses. Anna herself is clearly still disturbed by her own bereavement and her views are affected by this although not always in the way that they first appear. I didn't particularly like the dialogue of two of the subsidiary characters as it seemed over-exaggerated but this is only a minor criticism.

Overall a good read 

and an author to look out for. Her author page says that AJ Waines was a psychotherapist for fifteen years working with ex-offenders from high-security institutions. She is fascinated by secrets and lies, crimes of passion, devious motives and anything hidden under floorboards! Definitely, if Girl on a Train is anything to go by. Details of all books by AJ Waines can be found on her Amazon Author Page.