The Girl on the Train is about an alcoholic divorcee who rides a train everyday from her rented bedroom to London to pretend that she's still employed and to stalk a couple living in a house beside the tracks for some pitiful reason of giving them an imaginary, but romantic background.
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
The story of Jane Eyre begins like a fairy tale. A girl orphaned since birth is cast away by surviving kin and is sent to a school that is more like a prison for the obscure and unwanted. In there, she is nearly starved, always freezing, and bored to death with religious rituals, but Jane finds some comfort in the company of fellow student, the believer of endurance, the stoic, Helen.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is about an unorthodox teacher in 1930s Edinburgh who amusingly and dangerously influences six girls aged 10 to 12 in a private school. They are called the Brodie set and they are each famous for something. The conflict comes when one of the girls, Sandy, breaks the mold when she comes of age and betrays Ms. Brodie's confidence in a final act of defiance.
It's not easy to be born like Mark Haddon's hero, the intelligent, but suffering teenager, Christopher Boone. It's difficult enough to grow up with one parent, that much I know. But to have the condition that Christopher has is equivalent to being a perpetual outsider: You're in constant fear for your life in new situations and new places.
In brief, A Tale of Two Cities is the story of the devoted Lucie Manette and his unfairly imprisoned father, Dr. Manette and their escape from the horrors of Paris to London, before and during the French Revolution. Circumstances make the father and daughter dependent on the kindness and friendship of Manette's banker, Mr. Lorry. But Lucie's beauty binds them to the lives of the secret French aristocrat Charles Darnay and the hopeless and heroic Sydney Carton.
There's something more chilling in reading a novel written in epistolary format, especially when the journal entries and newspaper clippings used in the storytelling pertain to strange events and even stranger creatures.