The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

I have to be honest and say that I thought I was going to hate this book. This is another book who’s movie I have yet to see but plan to when I get the chance. When getting into the book, I had just finished reading Gone Girl and if you read my review you’ll know it was a page turner. So coming from that book and transitioning I was on a thriller high. Here’s the synopsis for the book:

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.

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?

When reading this I will say its important to pay attention to what’s taking place as due to the story being told in the voice of Rachel along with some other pivotal characters and if you’re not you can easily become lost as to what is going on. While I got annoyed with Rachel, I was completely blown away at the end of this story. I didn’t see the plot twist coming until near the end, which is what made this story a great one. I didn’t know what to expect but despite my initial reaction this turned out to be a good book that was able to link the lives of various characters together and give a twist on the 6 degrees of separation.

I’m sure the movie doesn’t capture the book in the same way but I’m looking forward to seeing the book come to life because this book taught me to keep an open mind when reading because I can’t make any assumptions. I’m glad I didn’t give up on the book and gave it a chance.


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