The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
- Release date: January 13, 2015
- This is Paula Hawkins’ first novel, which has had extreme success with crazy, record-breaking status on bestsellers lists.
Girl named Anna – she’s a bit messed up. Girl named Megan – she’s a bit messed up. Girl named Rachel – she’s a bit messed up. Rachel likes to ride trains. One day she sees SOMETHING, and nothing is ever the same.
To be honest, this book was a bit of a letdown. All the hype. All the intrigue. It just fell a little bit flat, and left me feeling deflated at the end. I thought there would be MORE.
This story is told in alternating perspectives from three different women: Rachel, Anna, and Megan, each with their own set of unique baggage. I disliked them all so much, I can’t decide who I like the least – but this was an I-enjoy-not-liking-you dislike, if that makes sense. However, none of them really roused much empathy from me, and I only developed surface level feelings. Frankly, I just didn’t really care all that much about any them.
Don’t get me wrong, it was good enough, and certainly held my interest. I read it pretty quickly, and definitely was invested in the story. The alternating perspectives, and the way it jumped around in time, though commonplace in books these days, was, for the most part, successful here. The writing was simple, and clipped along at a decent pace to grab and maintain my attention.
All in all, I would say read it, but it’s a case of been-there-done-that for me. It obviously works for some people though, given it’s reigning status at the top of the bestsellers list. I also think it would make a great book club pick, as it’s short, quick, and full of plenty of chat-able fodder.
Rating: [3.5/5 stars]
Looking For More:
- M @ Backlist Books read it here before all the hype – which I think would have made all the difference for me.
- Arianna @ Shelf Notes was also a bit let down here.
- If you’ve also read Gone Girl, and want a little compare and contrast, check it out here, from Marisa @ The Daily Dosage.
- For all its spoilery goodness, go check out The Socratic Salon. Now that I’ve written my review, I’ll be heading over there myself!
| The Girl on the Train | Penguin | 2015 | Kindle book | purchased |