This year seems to be the year of reading. The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins. A book I’ve heard a lot about and it did seem to be the “go to” book last summer. I really enjoyed all the twists that it throws at you.
For anyone who hasn’t read the book (or even seen the movie) the story is about a women who sees something on her train ride to work, however it’s so much more then that. The story is split between three women, Rachel, Anna and Megan. It’s about how their lives intertwine and the person who connects them.
She’s a mess and can’t cope with the fact that her husband had an affair and now has a child. A fact that hurts her more, as she can’t have children. This and her drinking drove a wedge into her marriage. Rachel’s drinking habit, drunk dialing, blackouts and no job means she is a real mess. I did feel sorry for her, but I really just wanted her to get her act together!
She is the mistress turned new wife, living in Rachel’s old house and she’s everything Rachel’s not. Pretty, slim and a life with Scott (the husband). In the end Anna is a victim and more like Rachel than she would like to admit.
The women who Rachel becomes obsessed with. She looks like (from Rachel’s view on the train) to have a perfect life. Beautiful home, sexy husband, looks. She has it all. She also has a pretty big secret. A secret that keeps her up at night.
As the book goes on, Rachel likes less and less of Megan and begins to realize that she doesn’t know these people at all. Including her ex-husband. I did feel for Megan when she went missing and the events that lead up to it, because she was really just trying to be honest. Honest with her husband. Honest with the man she was having (yet another) affair with and finally clear her conscience.
By about page 336 I had figured out what had happen, who did it and why, but there was still a couple of twists that had me second guessing.I was surprised who the person connecting Megan, Anna and Rachel was, as at the beginning of the book it seems to be Rachel….it’s not
The Girl on the train was easy to read and well written. I did lose track of time a number of times. I did also find myself wanting to head to the last chapter and read the end. Paula Hawkins writes in a way that makes it impossible to know the who, what, why by just heading the last chapter. It’s not this kind of book, and as it’s a split narrative you really need to just follow the story.
It all makes sense in the end.
What are your thoughts? Have you read the book or watched the movie? I’m not quite sure I want to watch the movie after reading the book, however Luke Even’s is in it and he’s pretty hard to say no too lol
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