The Girl On The Train

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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.

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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.

The Girl On The Train

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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46 thoughts on “The Girl On The Train

  1. I know what you mean about unlikable characters but I too enjoyed it. Hoping to see the film soon too. Thanks for sharing xx #triedtested

    • Sally Sally says:

      It's quite odd as it's not often that the characters aren't likeable. Normally you get a hero and villain. Although once you know the back story it does soften the main character a bit.

  2. I think I might be the only person in the world who hasn't read this book 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    • Sally Sally says:

      You defintiely aren't Colette. I've had a lot of people say they haven't read it yet either. I think the cinemas will be full!

    • Sally Sally says:

      You definitely should Rachel. It's a really good read, took a while to get going but well worth it.

  3. I'm also super late to the party! I remember everyone reading this and I put it on my "to read" list and never got around to it! Now that the movie trailer is out I am super intrigued! Thanks for your review 🙂

    • Sally Sally says:

      The film is really the perfect solution if you haven't had time to read it Erin. I hope it's good though, sometimes film versions can be really disappointing.

  4. Sally, if you are late to the party, then I've missed it entirely! UG! I used to be more on top of reading, but now most of what I read is for information gathering, I haven't read for pleasure in a long time!

    I'm going to add this book to my Christmas list, I've heard great things about it, and I love a great suspense! Perhaps if I receive it as a gift I will guilt myself into taking the time to read it! Thanks for the push!

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oh dear Nikki. Yes you should have a little read now and then. But I know exactly how you feel, it's so hard to find time. I love it when I do though. I often read when I'm having a bath, but we've just moved and need a new bathroom putting in (including a bath) so we only have a shower room now. My reading is suffering!

  5. I hadn't heard of it until the movie was advertised however I am concerned because I do like to read but often the movie isn't as good as a good book! I will catch up and read it eventually but I might watch the movie first to avoid disappointment.

    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    Janet

    • Sally Sally says:

      I know exactly what you mean Janet. I hope it lives up to expectation. I have my tickets booked for Friday night, so we'll see.

  6. I am so behind, I hadn't heard about this book until the film promotion started. And I prefer to read the book before seeing the film so must really crack on! Thanks for the overview. #BloggerClubUK

    • Sally Sally says:

      Ooh yes you must read it first. I love seeing how the producers make the film and what other elements they add. I have heard it is set in the US though, which is a shame as the UK plotline of the book really adds authenticity to the story.

  7. I loved this book but I must admit I couldn't get in to it at first but then I was soon hooked so many twists and turns. I can't wait to watch the film
    #BloggerClubUK

    • Sally Sally says:

      Yes, it is a little slow going at first. I thought the same, but once you do, you have to finish it don't you Sarah.

  8. Oooh - I'm just about to read this book so it was good to get a bit of an overview. I'm looking forward to the film coming out. Thanks for sharing x #BloggerClubUK

    • Sally Sally says:

      I hope you enjoy it. I thought it was good, I am looking forward to seeing the film and see how closely they stick to the plotline.

  9. I hear the movie is going to be really good and I think the book would be a great read too. I'll be adding it on to my holiday reading list.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Good idea. It would be a great one for a holiday reading list. I really enjoyed it. It was quite un-putdownable (is that a word?)

    • Sally Sally says:

      Me too! I couldn't put it down. I read it in the bath and had to keep running the water as it kept getting cold. I looked like a prune after! Hope you enjoy the film.

    • Sally Sally says:

      What a good idea Jo. I love it when there's films I really want to see on long flights - makes the time fly past (no pun intended!)

    • Sally Sally says:

      If you don't get to it, there's always the film Suz. Although it's always nice to read the book first I find.

    • Sally Sally says:

      I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it Fi. I haven't heard anyone who has said they haven't yet. Happy reading!

    • Sally Sally says:

      I've heard of a lot of people who go so into it that they read it in one day, so maybe you have time before it leaves the cinema?

    • Sally Sally says:

      Ooh, yes you should go Kate, rope in two friends. One to babysit and one to go with. If it's really good, switch the friends' roles over and go again!

    • Sally Sally says:

      If not Kim, you'll just have to see the film version. It's nice to read the book first though I always find.

  10. Im late to the party too but totally wanting to read the book and i just had a text yesterday asking to see the film!
    I need to get with it ahha!
    #Tuesdaytreasures

    • Sally Sally says:

      You still have time. It's the sort of book that when you start it, you'll have to keep reading, so I reckon you'd be done in a day. Hope you enjoy the film if you do go Nicola.

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