After all the hype around Gone Girl and my subsequent disappointment and utter annoyance with the book, I was very skeptical about reading Paula Hawkins’s book The Girl on the Train, given all the hype surrounding this book too, especially as so many of the reviews of this book compared it to Gone Girl.
The story sucked me in from very early on and I just couldn’t put it down. Between a liar (Megan) , a cheat (Anna) and an alcoholic (Rachel), who can you trust? The book is written in the 3 voices of these women, all 3 of them truly horrid characters and I was never entirely sure if I should feel sorry for them, hate them or slap them – especially Rachel – talk about being your own worst enemy.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
I don’t want to give away too much of the story line, but seriously this book twists and turns and builds the suspense and the mystery until the final chapters. I thought I had the plot figured out early on, boy, was I wrong. I will admit to having my suspicions as to what the final twist would be about 60% of the way into the book, but still the author managed to keep me riveted, wanting to know more, wanting to know if I was right.
The story is well written, the characters are well developed, if not unlikable and the book kept me wanting to know…. “whodunnit”.
A worthwhile read and a 4 star rating from me.
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