The Girl On The Train
Okay I admit it, I’m very late to the party. About a year late if my memory serves me well. I recall last summer, everyone was reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I saw people on holiday, in airports, on the train, people on social media talking about it. Where was I? Not quite sure, clearly reading something else.
Well anyway, here I am, a year late to the book party, but at least I came. I’ve finally read The Girl On The Train. Now I can see why it was so popular. It’s a great read. The plot line is a bit like a rollercoaster. The sort of rollercoaster where you think you are starting out on a scenic railway.
It takes a few pages to get going. Rachel the main character isn’t particularly likeable, especially at the beginning. Throughout the book, I can’t say I’m ever really endeared to Rachel. There’s parts where you feel sorry for her and can sympathise with her situation, but she’s not an aspirational character like in so many other novels. But that’s the beauty of it. You keep reading on, even though you’re not that keen on any of the characters - they all have their flaws. It’s the suspense throughout the book that keeps you gripped.
I have to say, from the snippets I got from my friends, this book wasn’t what I expected, but I did enjoy reading it from the beginning to the end. Was it as good as all the hype I heard, perhaps not, but it’s a good contender for one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Let me give you a very brief overview. Rachel catches the same train each day which stops at the same red light, overlooking some gardens. She sees the same people in these gardens each day and starts to imagine lives for these people, even going as far as naming them. Then one day, whilst briefly stopped at the red light, she sees something shocking and everything is suddenly turned upside down.
If you want to find out more about what she sees and then what happens, I suggest you read The Girl On The Train as I’m not going to tell you any more. I don’t want to spoil it. The eagerly anticipated film is also out at the cinema 7th October.
If you have read it already. I’d love to know what you thought. Was it as good as the hype? Are you going to see the film?
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