The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Don’t miss Paula Hawkins’ new novel, Into the Water, coming May 2017.

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.

UNTIL TODAY
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?

Review

This thing is a hot mess, the writing is clumsy, there are things that don’t make any sense, the characters are pathetic and the opposite of complex. The women in this book are either defined by the men they are dating/married to, or by how they feel about being a mother (and by that I mean, do they already have a child, do they want a child.) The ‘plot twist’ is easy to guess not even halfway through the book, and the who-dun-it moment, where we find out who the bad guy is, while predictable, doesn’t make any sense to me, considering how this book is written and what we know about the characters.

Exposition, people. There isn’t any. You might argue that it’s because of the unreliable narrator, but I’m not buying it. Good writing works its way around it. Also, I didn’t know ‘thriller’ translated to ‘no character development’.

And have I mentioned the clumsy writing? Because I was getting second-hand embarrassment 85% of the time. This book was, above all things (that I honestly didn’t care about), awkward. 

Nevertheless, If you would like to purchase this book you can do so by using the link below to purchase it from The Book Depository! 

http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=books4joy

Pages: 325

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1/5. ( To be generous)

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