I’m bringing to you another book review today!
I’ve been itching to get my hands on this book for months now. I was searching for top books to read (fiction) of 2015, and I’ve seen this book pop up on every single search I’ve done! So I knew I had to read it. The library in my town has had a wait list on this book, for months! So crazy! I got so luck last week when i stopped by and the book just returned that day so i was able to snag it!
Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins Genre: Thriller/suspense/mystery
The Girl on the Train is based around the main character—Rachel Watson. She is a wreck. She becomes a drunk and alcoholic once her husband leaves her for another woman, Anna, whom he has a child with. Rachel was unable to conceive a child and that ultimately ruined their marriage. Rachel takes the train every morning to London, and passes by her old home. The old home is where her ex-husband, Tom, lives with Anna and his new family. Rachel also is obsessed with a couple who lives a few doors down from Tom & Anna.
She spends her train rides fanaticizing about their lives and makes up names for them as well. Eventually, Megan goes missing and for some reason this affects Rachel’s life profoundly. She becomes obsessed with trying to find out about how she disappeared and who could have done this to her. Rachel is afraid she is in some way connected to her disappearance but since she was too drunk the night of her disappearing, Rachel works her way through the novel to piece together this mystery.
The most unique thing about this story is that each chapter of the novel alternates between the 3 women characters—Rachel, Anna and Megan; the girl who goes missing. Megan’s sections are flashbacks before her disappearing, and gives the reader an insight into her marriage and her life before marrying Scott and shows us how damaged she is as a human. Anna, is quiet and hates Rachel as Rachel always seems to present in Tom and Anna’s new life. With unexpected turns and twists, Anna and Rachel end up on the same side in the end.
This is the author’s first novel—and it is amazing! I hope she writes more, because I loved this suspense thriller novel! It for sure is a page turner. The author writes this book beautifully even with its complex characters and stories. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good read.
I love novels like this because they are mystery and suspense, and the whole story revolves around solving a mystery or finding out the culprit. I hope they maybe one day make this into a movie, because I’m sure it would be a great one!
This book also reminds me of Gone Girl, another great book I’ve read in the past year, which was also turned into a great movie. The books are similar in the sense of complexity of characters and the suspense genre. Another great read I would recommend!
Let me know what you guys think! And if anyone has read this book, i’d love to hear your opinion on it!
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