Review: The Girl on the Train

To everyone else in this carriage I must look normal; I’m doing exactly what they do: commuting to work, making appointments, ticking things off lists. Just goes to show.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

My thoughts:

I was really excited to read this after reading the Shopaholic to the Stars. This book is a best seller, relatively new compared to other books I have read and has already been made into a movie (which I haven’t seen).

The Girl on the Train was very different to the writing style of books I normally read. The story was written in first person from the point of view of three characters (two pivotal characters Megan and Rachel and another lesser character). All the girls. The story moved across different days, months, years – switching back and forth between the different characters.

I initially did not like the main character: the girl on the train, Rachel. She was an embarrassing alcoholic, cringe worthy and stupid. She really needed to come right, but she hardly made any effort. She kept saying sorry but wasn’t ever sorry enough to try get better. Zero motivation.
But that’s also what made the book relate-able; the realism; the imperfection. People make mistakes and keep making mistakes. It happens. Life happens. I feel exactly the same sometimes – not in terms of drinking but in not getting out of bed; not doing something about the situation.

My opinion of her changed though as I realised what she had gone through, what she had been subjected to, to become this way. What I found really creepy was that people can lie so well, hide things, manipulate things in such a way that one questions nothing. That was a real eye opener. Not to mention how people can be so self involved that they can blame everyone for all their own misdemeanors. Although I have experienced that personally.

Recommendations:

I would definitely recommend this book if you like a good true life type thriller. It was exciting, intriguing and engaging. Snow balling and changing direction right til the end.

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