The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home. – The Girl On The Train
Rachel is going through a tough time in her life, still not over her divorce from her cheating husband and struggling with alcoholism, she takes the train into London every morning. On her daily commute, she also peaks into the lives of one suburban couple as she longs for her former life. Then one day she witness something that shatters her view of this perfect couple and pulls her into their lives.
This book had a lot of similarities to Gone Girl and well…I really didn’t like Gone Girl, it left me feeling cold and disgusted. But at the same time I could not stop reading it, because I wanted to find out the truth. I felt like this book was much the same, although it felt much slower and seemed to drag on a bit more than Gone Girl. The writing was well done, I just could not find a connection with any of the characters, in fact they were all pretty awful and crazy. Because of that I found it hard to care about the story or the outcome of the characters.
None of the plot twists surprised me and I felt like the book description placed a misleading emphasis on the “shocking” (I did not find it shocking) clue Rachel saw from the train. However, I respected the book’s creativity and strong writing but couldn’t get past my distaste for the characters. This type of books seem to be all the hype right now but just aren’t for me. 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.
Published: 2015, 336 pages.