Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Confessions on the 7:45
Poor Selena.  Not only does she have to carry the financial burden of supporting her family, but she’s just seen her husband getting way too familiar with Geneva, the nanny, on the appropriately-named nanny cam.  Things hadn’t been good with her husband Graham for a while, but this is the event that threatens to push her over the edge and declare her marriage over for good.  Still . . . it will totally disrupt the lives of her two young sons (not to mention her own) and force her to admit to her family that her marriage is over.  

While stewing on the train home, another woman notices her discomfort and begins confiding her own problems: that she’s sleeping with her boss and might lose her job if his wife (who owns the company) finds out.  While Selena appreciates having someone to vent to, she begins to wonder about her indiscretions when “Martha, from the train” begins texting her asking to meet up again.  When Geneva the nanny disappears, it doesn’t look good for Graham and Selena begins to wonder just what her husband has been getting up to.  

The story also includes chapters devoted to Pearl, a teen girl whose mother was murdered.  Her mother’s former boyfriend Charlie rescues Pearl from the situation and they flee the area.  He begins to teach her the ways of conning people and they spend the next decade or so traveling around the country looking for the next score.  Pearl changes her identity frequently, so we have no idea who she is in the present story.  The suspense is kept up as Selena tries to unravel what happened to Geneva, as well as what Martha wants from her.  I thought the final “epilogue” was a bit long-winded, but the story kept my interest and was enjoyable.

I received a copy of Confessions on the 7:45 from NetGalley in exchange for this review.


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