Book Review: The Girl on the Train

the girl on the train
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The Girl on the Train is by Paula Hawkins.  The book is about a woman in her mid-thirties called Rachel who observe things from the train she  uses to commute from home to work. Rachel is an alcoholic who drinks and forget things, she makes up stories and characters in her head and make up names for these characters. On a ride on the train one day, Rachel thinks she sees a lady she made up a name for cheating on her husband, so she decided to confront this woman. Rachel finds out that this lady whose name she made up, Jess, also Megan is missing and no one knows her wear about, but Rachel is convinced she can help find the missing girl, but based on her excessive drinking and black-out episodes she is deemed not credible. When the missing girl, Jess, also Megan is found, the unlikely person is the cause for her disappearance and so many secrets are unraveled. Rachel is also obsessed with her ex-husbands family and in drunken episodes she calls her ex-husbands and interrupt their lives. She randomly visit their house and stalks them.I can assure you that the ending will shock you!

My thoughts: 4/5

I gave this a really high rating because it was very unpredictable, for me! I typically gravitate towards Chick-Lit, African Lit and mostly non-fiction. I declared myself as a psychological thriller/ mystery hater a long time ago so I am surprised at myself for enjoying this book. I read Gone Girl a few weeks ago and I enjoyed it so much I decided to check out The Girl on the Train because I  heard it was similar in the way it messes with your brain. I loved it! The first few chapters was very similar to Gone Girl, hence the reason I didn’t give this book a 5/5. It also lost a point with me because the story dragged on longer than necessary. I’m a straight to the point kind of person so too many words and repetition bothers me. I loved the different voices and time stamps because I love books that involves its readers. I think Paula did this really well because I was calculating the time and dates and stories, similar to an investigator trying to solve a mystery. This book has definitely pushed me to read books out of my typical genre. I started out hating Rachel but I loved her by the end of it.

Have you read The Girl on the Train?


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