Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
The girl on the train is a debut book by Paula Hawkins. That and the grand reception the book received got me really intrigued about the contents of it. The blurb also appeared far too enticing and finally I bought the book. Reading it together with Denise really brought more insight into the book and what it was lacking.
The book is about the observations of a girl in a train and the consequences when she plans to act on them. It has enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. The plot of the story takes you on a roller coaster ride where everyone appears to be guilty. Not only is it fast, it also maintains its pace through most of the book.
However, the characters could have been better. Instead of feeling empathy with the protagonist, the main feeling that comes is pity and a slight disgust. Rachel is this sad lonely woman who no one will glance at twice and even if they do, it will be to step away from her and wrinkle their nose.
The male characters were passable. The relationship Rachel had with Tom, Jason and the therapist brought out how lonely and desperate she was. However what truly disappointed me was the ending. It was very abrupt and lots of questions remained unanswered at the end. It did not give a closure to the otherwise interesting story.
All this gives Girl on the train a 3 star rating. It is an interesting read but be prepared to remain dissatisfied at the end.
Star Rating : 3 Stars
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