Monday, April 03, 2017

Review - Girl On The Train

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reminded me in a way of Gone Girl, in that there really isn't a character I found likable. You might sympathize with them but, as the killer states at one point, they brought it on themselves to a degree.

Rachel travels by train each day to London and back, imaging the life of what she wants to believe is a perfect couple she glimpses as she passes. One day she witnesses something unexpected that shatters her illusion. When the woman disappears shortly thereafter, Rachel can't help,but to,try to insert herself into the investigation.

Told in the words of not only Rachel, but also by two other women effected by the unraveling events. The book is well written with believable characters, but it does seem padded a bit and seeing the same events from different perspectives doesn't always add to the suspense. Once the killer is revealed the book actually drags on for several more chapters before the inevitable resolution. As with Gone Girl, I'm at a loss as to why this was such a huge hit.


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