Author: Paula Hawkins
Read: October 2017
So. Let’s be real. I am so behind on the hype with this one. Everyone was talking about this forever ago and I kept putting it off. I also don’t usually read books that are in the murder mysteries or thriller genre. It doesn’t really interest me because I prefer fantasy and historical fiction, but I’m always open to suggestions and trying new things! I happened to find this one in a secondhand store a couple of years ago, but I hadn’t thought of reading it until now. I so regret that! I wish I had read this when I first got it. Sadly, I waited and put it off for too long. Luckily, I came to my senses and finally managed to read it. Now. Let the review commence!
“Twice a day, I am offered a view into other lives, just for a moment. There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.” – Rachel, p. 2
The Girl on the Train is by Paula Hawkins. It is 323 pages and it is so worth reading every one of them. I had been reading books pretty slowly before I started The Girl on the Train, but I found myself picking this one up every chance I got. It’s made me want to start all my #NonfictionNovember books that I chose for this month! (The video of my Nonfiction November TBR is up on my YouTube channel.) I just want to be reading books all day right now. I’m ready for all the books and all the great plots and amazing characters.
“Life is not a paragraph, and death is no parenthesis.” – Rachel, p. 7
So, the whole plot of this novel is actually believable. I mean it’s still a murder mystery and a lot of things get blown out of proportion in that genre, but it worked. I believed it in the way that its believable for all the characters to act this way. Hawkins built up each of the characters perfectly. And the plot. I couldn’t believe the ending. This book is crazy! I had no idea, no idea whatsoever, whodunit. I was trying to figure it out and thinking I was so smart because I thought I had connected the dots. And sometimes I was just grasping at straws. I wanted to figure it out on my own and usually I can but this one was pulling me all over the place. I suspected everybody of being the murderer and then the ending surprised me and blew me away.
“Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps. All these things I know, but I don’t say them out loud, not now.” – Megan, p. 94
The perspective changes throughout the novel. You hear from the three women in the book and I liked that it was mainly a story about the women. You get to read mostly from Rachel’s POV since she is the main character, but you also hear from Anna and Megan. Anna is one character that I just couldn’t stand. When I had to read from her point of view I was like “ew.” I couldn’t stand how self-centered she was. There was a woman murdered near your house and you’re worried about the ex-wife that shows up occasionally?? Like, what. I mean I can understand that concern somewhat since there was an incident that was crazy, but every time the subject of Rachel comes up Anna freaks out. Her character drove me insane. I mean, she’s crazy. But, then again, by the end of this book I thought everybody was crazy. And it was just SO GOOD. So good! I loved getting into this story and playing detective.
“When I close my eyes, my head is filled with images of past and future lives, the things I dreamed I wanted, the things I had and threw away.” – Megan, p. 163
It was the best book I’ve read all year! I really believe that. So far, I haven’t had any other book draw me in this way this year. Maybe A Wrinkle in Time but just because it’s a very well-known book and there are so many people who have a special connection with it. Not that I didn’t like it for its story; I really enjoyed reading A Wrinkle in Time for the first time this year. It is for a younger audience and I’ve only read the first one, so I haven’t gotten attached to it yet. But I can’t really compare A Wrinkle in Time and The Girl on the Train because they’re completely different. There is no similarity at all. So, I guess I’ll just say that these two books are tied for first place so far.
“Someone innocent or trusting or simply troubled might not see through all that, might not see that under all that calm he’s a wolf.” – Rachel, p. 192
I’m so happy that I finally picked this one up. It was a perfect fall read and just suspenseful enough to make it a good one for October. I definitely recommend it to anyone that hasn’t read it already and that is looking for a good, complex story!