Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Pages: 336
Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Riverhead Books (Penguin Publishing Group)
Pub. Date: January 13, 2015

I'm of two thoughts about this book. In The Girl on the Train, Rachel rides the train every day past a group of houses where she often has observed a couple whom she has become invested in. She imagines who they are and their stories. So when she sees something strange one day, and then news about this couple becomes public, she can't quell her curiosity, poking her nose in where she shouldn't, and becomes overly involved. What follows is a thriller as we try to figure out what's really going on and who is telling the truth.

I rated this one 3 out of 5 stars. On the one hand, it was a thriller that kept me hooked and that I essentially finished in a weekend. As other bloggers have said, it is definitely a fun read. I would imagine most people will like it and will get caught up in all the unknowns in the story.

On the other hand, none of the characters were at all likeable and the main character is always drunk so she (and, thus, we) never really know what's going on!  That was annoying. In terms of the literary factors of the mystery, it sort of felt like the whole main character always blacking out thing was sort of a cheat, although I guess that was just part of the story. There were some twists as the story went on. This is NOT the next Gone Girl or even a good comparison. Overall, it was a a fun read but I am surprised at quite the amount of hype it has received.


Ti said...

I agree. It was fun to read this one because everyone seemed to be reading it at the same time, making it the IT book to read but the main character and her drunken antics got old... real fast.

Mariz Denver said...

This is a great read, and I loved every minute of it. I also loved Gone Girl and think the comparisons are apt. I can't wait to see this made into a movie. If you love a thrilling book that is well crafted and you don't need every character to be a role model, you will love this.

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