Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Girl On The Train

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
Admittedly, I was slightly hesitant to read The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. I have talked to people who have loved the book, didn’t care for it, were middle of the road, and had a few people compare it To Gone Girl, which, in my opinion, is not a bad thing. Needless to say I have heard mixed reviews.

I will not sugar coat things – The Girl on the Train has a great story line, a few very interesting twist and turns, and once you hit a certain point you will not be able to put the book down. However, more than likely you will not like one single character in the book. If you are a reader who would prefer/has to have a likable character to cheer on, then The Girl on the Train may not be a favorite read of yours.

Rachel takes the same commuter train that goes into London every morning, and takes the same commuter train home every night. Each day as rides down the rails she looks out the window at the vast stretch of land in front of her. She pays special attention to a suburban neighborhood, more specifically the neighborhood she used to live in with her ex-husband. The train stops at signal every day that allows Rachel to watch the same couple each day eat breakfast on their deck. She starts to feel as if she knows this couple and begins to refer to them as ‘Jess and Jason’. From Rachel’s perspective ‘Jess and Jason’ have a perfect life, a life similar to the one that she used to have.

One day as Rachel is passing ‘Jess and Jason’ house she sees something shocking that changes her entire perspective of the couple. Rachel feels she cannot keep what she saw to herself, and offers up the information to the police, leading her down the road of becoming entwined in the events that are soon to unfold, as well as the lives of everyone involved.

The Girl on the Train is Paula Hawkins debut psychological thriller; for the angle she was going for she knocked this book out of the park. This book has a good chance of changing the way you view other people or environments, and sends home the message that there is always more to a situation than meets the eye. Despite the fact that I did not find a single character in the book to be likable, there is no denying that The Girl on the Train is well written and a suspenseful read.

12 comments:

  1. I enjoyed Girl on a Train but I completely agree with your opinion of the lack of likable characters. It's definitely a good beach read, quick and easy.
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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    1. I wish I was sitting at the beach reading a book right now... but, you are so right, definitely a quick and easy read!

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  2. I read it and really didn't love it, though it was definitely entertaining. A good review!

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    1. I think if there was maybe one character that was somewhat likable in the book maybe it would have made for a better read, but I do agree with you, it is an entertaining book!

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  3. Oh I never heard of this book but I love Gone Girl. :)

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    1. Since you loved Gone Girl you will enjoy The Girl on the Train :)

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  4. I'm listening to this on Audible. You give me hope that it is going to get better.
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    1. It is slow to start, but about half way through the story really starts to come together.

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  5. Hope you have a great Week so far! lovely Greetings ,kisses <3

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    1. Hope you are having a wonderful week as well!

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  6. I have this book on my tablet! I am waiting until a long flight before diving in. Thanks for the review.
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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    1. It is a good read, but you have to be in the right frame of mind for it. Hope you enjoy this book!

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