Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Review: The Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
Rachel lost her husband to another woman when she couldn't get her drinking under control.
Megan's trying to piece a life together while still holding onto a secret that haunts her
Anna loves being "the other woman" if she could just get rid of the ex-wife.
These three women's lives are about to be drawn together by a secret. A secret that will take one of their lives and might kill them all.
First Sentence There is a pile of clothing on the side of the train tracks.
What is has going for it
Everyone has or is going to read this book. Some books are written and for whatever reason are picked up, talked about, recommended and become wildly popular. I'm not one to follow the crowd but this book looked like one I might want to check out. So, when my book club decided to read it I was all for it. Something about this book (and I never was able to put a finger on what it was) makes you unable to put it down. It's incredibly engaging and, well, much like watching a train wreck (no pun intended). I gulped this one up. I was completely enthralled. I didn't much care for any of the characters. I figured out the mystery fairly early in the book. Earlier than I was supposed to, I'm guessing, and yet. I sped read through it. I guess what I'm saying is this: What does this one have going for it? Whether you like it or not, you're most likely going to be dragged into the story and helpless to set the book down.
As I said, none of the characters are likable. Seriously! These people are completely horrible. And I don't mean perfectly flawed. They were worse than flawed. I could sympathize with Rachel but I really had no patience with her. What really bothered me was that the mystery was completely predictable and then you had the villain monologuing. Really?! Needless to say, after being completely enraptured for the whole book the ending was predictable and a complete let down. I felt something like this...
Yea or Nay?
I'd still recommend this one for the writing and the spell it casts over you but you'll probably see the ending coming. If not, you might like it.