The Girl on the Train

If you like psychological thrillers, then add this book to your list - but it's not to everyone's taste. Set in modern-day London, this fast-paced story follows the tumultuous lives of Rachel, Anna and Megan, who are all somehow connected to one another. Rachel, still struggling to come to terms with the end of her marriage, endures the daily commute into London. From her vantage point on the train, Rachel can see into the backyards of both Anna and Megan, and as a result, believes she has a good idea of what's going on in their lives. But appearances can be deceiving - and as she discovers, there's no such thing as the perfect life. A gripping - yet depressing - story of lies and deception, love and lust, full of twists and turns. 

Most book-clubbers rated this book 3/5. On the plus side, the book was fast-paced and easy to read; however, we found the characters unappealing and unlikeable. It was difficult to engage with them, and this impacted our overall reading experience. 

Maeve Fox, Cremorne (pre-dinner drinks)

Richmond Oysters, Richmond

Never has our book discussion venue been more aligned to the theme of the book than this one. Our night began with pre-dinner drinks at Maeve Fox - a long, narrow bar right next to East Richmond train station. With big windows overlooking the train tracks, we discussed our book against a backdrop of passing trains. Luckily we met early, as the bar is popular and quickly filled up with the Friday night drinking crowd. It was hard to leave such a fun atmosphere, but it was time to move on for our next reservation...

Dinner was across the road at Richmond Oysters - a bustling seafood bistro, with young and enthusiastic staff. Of course, the seafood options are plentiful. This place is a seafood wholesaler and retailer, you really do get the sense that you're eating the freshest fish possible. The Deluxe Platter gave us a varied taste of the ocean, with oysters, prawns, bugs, lobster, crab and more. The seafood is prepared and cooked quite simply. If you love your seafood, then this place is a must. 

The Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins