Review/ The Girl On The Train

Review/ The Girl On The TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Format: Paperback
Published by London Publishers on November 20th 2014
Pages: 241
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A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

I have heard alot of good things about The Girl on The Train and I was always tempted to pick it up when I was at chapters but I would always put it back because of the price. The price of the book was what bothered me because I knew it would be a book I wouldn’t end up rereading. Then I happen to see it at Costco for almost half the price I knew that was my sign to pick up the book and read it.

I was a little unsure because its being compared to Gone Girl a book that I really enjoyed reading. Honestly I have to say it started of slow for me and I wasn’t sure I was going to like this but once I got over that little hump OMG it was amazing. I loved the book and I could see why its being compared to Gone Girl.

The Girl On The Train has three narrators: Rachel (who is an divorced alcoholic), Megan (a lady Rachel sees on the train ride into London daily) and Anna (her ex husband’s new wife). You would think having three narrators to be a bit confusing but its not and looking at the book you would think it was sort of like a diary because you have a morning and evening entry.

Rachel begins her story in early July of 2013 and then Megan begins her story a year earlier from Rachel’s. Rachel’s is more current and Megan’s offers a little bit of a history of her character. It was nice getting that little bit on her. Then Anna comes in about 1/4 of the way through.

I am going to state right off the bat that I wasn’t a fan of Anna. I didn’t like her from the beginning and how she was always on Tom about Rachel. I honestly can’t blame Rachel because she did lose her husband to Anna because of the affair she and Tom where having. Gradually towards the end I started to like her but not very much.

Rachel was a train wreck waiting to happen and it was a story line you just had to read to watch it unfold. Yes Rachel is an alcoholic and she doesn’t deal with things very well but due to the emotional abuse she was going through do you blame her? I can’t imagine what it would be like to be told you will never have children especially if you really want one. With her problem with alcohol she basically has to hit rock bottom for her to see things aren’t that great.

I have to say that I was beginning to think that perhaps in one of her drunken states she might have had something do to with Megan’s disappearance because of certain things that had happened and this was when the book got really interesting and things began to unfold.

I was speechless when it got to the point that things were coming up. I had not seen that one coming and I think I literally sat there with my mouth open in shock. At this point I was unable to put the book down and spent the morning rushing to finish it up because I needed to know what was going to happen.

If your looking for a fun and thrilling read then I have to recommend this. Yes it starts off slow but once you hit the half way mark you will be engrossed in the book and unable to put it down.