The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

 Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

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The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 

So this was the Goodreads Choice Awards mystery and thriller winner 2015, therefore this book has to be good right? Everyone was talking about it last year and I finally got around to reading it! Therefore I had very high hopes going into this book as it was described as the next Gone Girl.

Well I am thoroughly disappointed, nothing really happened throughout the first 200 pages of the book other than a woman dying and the main character having selective amnesia. The final 100 or so pages the story really picked up and we finally got some answers but I really don’t think this book lives up to the hype surrounding it.

The characters in this book are so bland, the women in it are defined by their husbands and cannot live without them. Seriously though is there any woman in this entire book who does not do everything a man wants them to? I refuse to believe that woman are that shallow! Yes sometimes you have to do things in a relationship but that’s called compromise, it does not mean that you have to do everything they say. Also how many people in this book are having affairs?! It’s ridiculous! Also why are the women in this book so crazy? Some are borderline psychotic and it doesn’t add to the story at all.

The whole point of a good mystery/thriller is to keep you guessing right up till the very end…this just did not happen. I didn’t care enough about the woman to really care who killed her and then it became so dreadfully obvious who killed her that there was no point reading through the remaining pages. However I pressed on in the vague hope I was wrong…I wasn’t. The red herrings in the book are obvious so you know that they can’t lead to the killer, that means that the one person in the book who isn’t suspected of the murder has to be the killer.

The only part of the book I actually had any genuine feelings about was hearing how Rachel was cheated on, at this point I genuinely felt sorry for her because the writing made it seem real, if this book would have been about that the whole way through then that would have been a brilliant book, in terms of a mystery/thriller it just fell flat.

To me it was just a huge disappointment, the concept itself sounded amazing – an unreliable narrator?! Wow! However it just became tedious, and from at the start of the book hearing that blackout memories cannot ever be recovered to the end of the book her remembering what happened? This seems awfully unlikely and you cannot say at the start something ABSOLUTELY cannot happen then at the end of the book it happens.

The writing became more of a soap opera than a mystery and I really didn’t care at all. I can see how people relate it to Gone Girl as the storylines are very similar but personally I think comparing it to Gone Girl is a disservice to Gillian Flynn. People have also compared it to Hitchcock…how?! I get that she watches people and sees something change and from this decides to act but seriously?! This and Hitchcock?! How?!

Like I said this book was a major disappointment, I don’t think it should be compared to Gone Girl at all, if you want a decent thriller please do not read this book. Gone Girl is so much better! I feel like I’ve missed some part of the story that everyone else read and that’s why they loved this book. Normally I can see why some people liked it but others didn’t however with this book I just did not get it at all.

Rating: 2/5

Summing up: A huge disappointment

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