I began reading this book on Friday afternoon, and by Monday afternoon, I had finished it. This is the first book in awhile that has the “can’t-put-it-down” quality that is so rare for me, and I absolutely loved it! It was worth pushing aside other projects and errands just so I could keep reading – so in other words, I loved it!
The Girl on the Train was recommended to me by my mom, and I’m so glad I checked it out as soon as I did. It’s a dark story, reminiscent of Gillian Flynn novels, but with a fresh voice and incredible twists.
The story takes place in England and is told from a few characters’ perspectives, with Rachel Watson’s as the lead. Rachel is a troubled woman herself, and you can never quite tell whose voice is the accurate portrayal of things, which keeps you guessing right up until the end about what is really going on or has happened. Rachel has a messy personal life, and the entire story is a product of the messiness of people. It details issues such as alcoholism, divorce, affairs, murder and abuse, and the characters are so relatable that these issues really hit home, even if you’ve never experienced them yourself.
The book gives no unnecessary detail, which I love – every chapter serves a purpose. You can tell that Paula Hawkins is an absolute master of her craft and this book is, quite possibly, going to be the best of my 2015 reads. It was such a welcome change to be in the middle of a page-turner, and while I always hate to finish a really good book (as I wish they would go on forever), that certainly didn’t stop me from plowing through this one in a couple days. It was too good to put down and I know many others will feel the same way when the read it!
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Stats: 336 pages
Recommended for: Adults who have a flexible schedule to suit the must-keep-reading craze that takes over when you start this book 🙂 The heavy themes and intensity of the plotline aren’t conducive to kids, but I think most adult readers will enjoy this book, particularly if you’re up for a good mystery/crime/thriller.
Up Next: The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty by Amanda Filipacchi