Neko’s first review based on the books we swore you would never see on this site! Did she like it? Did she hate it? Continue reading to find out!
Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Goodreads Synopsis: EVERY DAY THE SAME
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?
My Thoughts: Dear lord this should have been called What Not to do as a Drunk! Or How to Ruin Your Marriage in One Easy Step! or Adultery for Beginners. Seriously did anyone else want all three women to die horrible deaths or am I alone in this? This book was a CHORE to read… Yeah, I was sick and not getting through as much reading as I normally do, but 11 days?! BAD BOOK! I continued reading it because I promised I would and I did want to know what would happen but in the same way that one watches a car accident hoping to see dismembered bodies. It was not a good kind of curiosity… Also, suspense? Nope. Thrilling? Nope. Rage inducing? Yes, whole heartedly, yes!
Okay, rant over. Neko is breathing now.
The book was kinda interesting. And I did really like how it jumped perspective between the three women, that was cool because we got to see the story from all angles and learn so much more than we would have from only one person. The time skipping however made me nearly get a pencil and paper, I was getting so confused about when events were taking place, this would have been an impossible read on Kindle because I kept having to flip back to the last section to figure out how this new part played into the whole picture.
As for character likability… I could definitely sympathize with Meagan and Rachel being unemployed and bored out of their minds… Who has two thumbs and is not employed? That’s right Kayla. No wait, Neko (yes I am a bad person). Kayla has a job, lol, hopefully she doesn’t read this ^_^_^ I liked Scott too, I could empathize with how hard it must be for someone who does really love their significant other, has them disappear, winds up as a suspect, then finds out they are dead. That would be the worse, so kudos to the author for making my black heart feel something other than murderous intent like I did for the other characters.
The twist at the end was good too, both who the killer was and how Anna “helped”. I think that was her one redeeming quality, seriously I would have tied all three women to the train tracks… Anna would have been the first one too. I do wish that we learned more about why Detective Riley was such a butt to Rachel, did she have a thing for Tom? Or just didn’t want to deal with a drunk “rubber neck” as she so succinctly put it. She just didn’t seem to want to help any of the characters in any way. Maybe she was a mistress turned wife too…
Would I recommend this book? Not to anyone with high blood pressure or people who are annoyed by idiots. I really did not like this book guys… I want my eleven days back!!
So who else has read this title? What did you think? Tell me in the comments!