Narrator: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
on January 13, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Mystery
Length: 10 hours and 59 minutes
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A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
The Girl on the Train is the debut psychological thriller by Paula Hawkins. I was curious about this book because of all the hype, but overall I thought this was a good story.
What did I like?
The story is reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. While watching people from a distant it is easy to imagine them as leading the perfect life. But the truth is everyone has secrets, some more damaging than others. The Girl on the Train is told in 3 point-of-views: Rachel, Megan and Anna. The POVs alternated and flowed well together, each giving their insight to the events of the time. I thought the mystery was interesting and had some exciting twists. I found Rachel’s POV was the most interesting to read because she was struggling to put the pieces of the mystery together. Her memory loss because she was drunk was a little frustrating at times but her flashes of memory kept me constantly guessing the truth.
What didn’t I like?
The pace of the beginning of the book was really slow and I was tempted to DNF. But my curiosity kept me going and at the halfway mark the story picked up and got really interesting.
I didn’t like the characters Scott, Megan, Tom and Anna. All were conceited and with an exception for Megan was cruel to Rachel. They kicked her down and it was no wonder she turned to alcohol for relief.
Despite my problems with this book I thought The Girl on the Train was a good mystery. The narrators Clara Corbett, India Fisher and Louise Brealey performance brought life to the characters. The voice of Anna was perfect with the arrogance that just made me really hate this character.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 New Release Challenge