I’d been seeing The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins everywhere on social media. People were saying it was similar to Gone Girl by Jillian Flynn and I was interested because I love a good psychological thriller with twists and turns. So when I finally got a copy of The Girl on the Train, I hurried and finished what I was reading so I could jump right in.
The story centers on Rachel, an out-of-work, alcoholic, thirty-something that takes the 8:04 train into London every day. Every day the train stops right behind a row of houses and Rachel, looking for a distraction, notices a couple that lives in one of the houses. They look so happy and as the days pass, she feels like she gets to know them pretty well. Their life seems to be perfect, and their marriage seems to be happy.
But one day, Rachel sees something from the train that ruins all her fantasies. From that moment on, things get muddled and fuzzy. Rachel drinks too much so she’s a completely unreliable narrator. The book sometimes changes points of view and time so you have to pay close attention or things get confusing. I wanted to like this story a lot, I wanted the twist to be really good, and I wanted to be completely caught off guard, but those things just didn’t happen. As the end neared, I just wanted the book to be over and not just because I wanted to know the ending, it was just too wearing. I didn’t want to keep going with the story, I felt it was taking too long.
Have you read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins? What did you think? I don’t regret reading it, but it wasn’t as smart as I was hoped it would be.