It’s been awhile since I’ve last wrote a post – same excuse every time #ForgiveMe?
I’ve been reading a lot of books lately (my personal goal is 2 books a month) and I want to share what I thought about the books I’m reading… so what better way to share then starting my very own book club? *SPOILERS ALERT* – don’t say I didn’t warn you!
This book has been heavily marketed to be the next big Gone Girl. It was nearly impossible to get onto the subway without seeing an advertising poster or seeing someone reading the book. Due to peer pressure I had to read the book.
The Girl on the Train – By Paula Hawkins
A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
Rachel’s life is spinning out of control. When she’s not drunk on gin, she’s drunk on wine. She gets on the 8:04 train every morning sticking to a routine that is not longer valid for her, pretending to go to the job that she lost due to drinking. She hops back on the train in the afternoon to head home after a long, hard day of nothing, counting down the minutes till she can have a drink.
During her commute everyday while the train stops at the train tracks, she sees her favourite couple from the train window “Jess and Jason”, she calls them. They live her old home. The old home that held old memories of her old life with her ex-husband who had cheated on her. She felt like she knew who Jess and Jason was from the one minute a day she got see them through the window.
One day, Rachel sees something shocking. It only takes a minute for her to see everything before the train moves on but it’s more than enough time. Rachel becomes obsessed with this and then Jess, who’s real name is Megan goes missing. Rachel is feel frantic about her “friends” and goes to the police with little information she has. Who do you trust? Who do you not trust?
The author, Paula Hawkins does a great job building suspense from one situation to another. The characters are complex and well developed which is great to use for character study and development. This well-written plotted psychological thriller jumps from one character to another confusing the reader on who the antagonist is.
Although at times, I must admit that the book read at a slower pace. It’s difficult to relate to any of the characters since they are so extreme with their personalities and none of the characters become likeable. At times it seems like it jumped around from one messy drunk characters problems to another and you’re reading through the pages quickly judging them all stuck in the middle of a messy conversation. The answers are obvious while reading the book but nonetheless, it is entertaining.
Overall I did thoroughly enjoy this book but at times it fell short. I think my main problem was that I had a very high expectation for it. It’s great for a weekend getaway, quick suspense book that is easy to read through. I wouldn’t be surprised if this novel gets turned into a Hollywood film soon.
Have you read the The Girl on the Train? What did you you think?