The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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?
Did anyone else feel like this book was hyped up way too much?
However, the actual writing was fantastic and the detail really painted a picture. Rachel is clearly an alcoholic and needs some help. (especially for the creepy tendencies to narrate other peoples lives …and name them.) Hawkins really knows how to get the point across. Like all good writers, they don’t have to tell you what the person is. They communicate through detail. So when she writes about the drinking and how it’s Friday so it doesn’t matter, and then,
“I lift the can to my mouth again, but there’s not a drop left.”
So, I know you can’t tell by just the one line, but each sentence was written delicately in order to really connect the reader with the story. So I applaud her for that.
“Life is not a paragraph, and death is no parenthesis.”
Rachel isn’t really a likable character. But then again, you have to feel sympathy for her. She lost her house and her husband to another woman… (I won’t give any more spoilers, I promise). But her alcoholism is kind of a dead giveaway as to why. Plus, she has some stalking tendencies that are scarily unhealthy.
Without giving anything a way, what I can tell you is that I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. Perhaps because it was hyped up so much. But, overall, I think people who enjoy a good thriller should read this book. The detail was great and the story was too. I just wish it was a little less predictable.
The only reason I can’t say that I am as big of a fan as everybody else. I did see the ending coming. But only because I feel like it is something I have read before. I love thrillers and suspense, so I really like trying to solve things. And I won’t give any spoilers, but as the story went on, there seemed to be pretty big clues.