Book blog: Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train… very Gone Girl.


“Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…”

I’ve just finished The Girl on the Train and I’m a little bit like… ugh, slight anti-climax. Don’t get me wrong it was an excellently written story, with a plot that will keep you enthralled but I was just expecting SO MUCH MORE. I guess that’s the trouble with hype. 

Things that I loved about the story:
The way in which it’s written. The diary entry form was great to see the story from different perspectives. To get the chance to hear the different voices in the story.
The entire plot. It was gripping, there’s no way around that. The story is excellent.
The author’s writing style. It was so easy to spend hours and hours reading this book, because I enjoyed the way in which the author manipulated words.

Things I didn’t quite enjoy about it:
The women. They all irritated me. Sorry.
The other characters. None of them were particularly likeable.
The way in which it’s written. Sometimes with the diary entries I had to keep checking who was saying these words.

In much of a Gone Girl style… I loved and loathed this book. The big reveal that comes at the end was a good reveal (I didn’t see it coming, I had my money on one of the women) and it rounded everything off… but the book just didn’t sit right with me. 

It’s absolutely worth a read, and fans of Gone Girl will love it! I am looking forward to the film coming out to see how they do it on the big screen. I’ve seen the trailer for it, and it looks good. An interesting cast too. It should be a film worth watching.

Have any of you read it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @eenalol.

S x

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