Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Crime Fiction
Line Review: A creepy and depressing criminal fiction with a terrible ending.
Thoughts on the Book…
I didn’t hear much about it when I read it so I had no expectations and hence the book didn’t turn out to be disappointing or a complete disaster.
The girl on the train is written alright and the characters are all well laid out but oh they’re all so pathetic and terrible I hate each one of them. The female in this book are much worse than the men, they have no self-respect what so ever, each one of them. The book is slow paced and boring, we keep looking at cringy-worthy depressed Rachel in the train and she keeps cursing and further ruining her messed up life as we read.
We have a husband that cheats on his wife; Rachel, with his girlfriend and then marries her, Rachel is left lonely to rot until the husband wants her back? But that’s not the end of the story, there’s another mysterious and beautiful glamorous girl in the picture, morbid things happen to her, morbid to say the least.
The story starts veery slow and we keep waiting till it would grow pace but no, it won’t, in fact it’ll only become predictable and creepy by the time. There’s a lot of bullshit in the middle and well in the end as well.
The reason I still gave away my three precious stars is because I didn’t throw the book away or put it aside even when it left me furious, I wanted to see if who I guessed to be was after all the villain of the story. I actually made two guesses and it was one of them so I’d give Paula some credit.
People said its very much like the Gone Girl but I haven’t read it so I can’t say, I do know it’s a depressing read and gets you in a bad mood and there’s nothing good and positive in the world of Rachel, the entire story makes you feel like you’ll never be cheerful again. Very much like the dementor.
I remember Desperate Housewives making a similar effort to point the horrors of everyday lives but you see some reality to it, a touch that is human and familiar. What pisses me more off is the fact that The Girl on the Train seemed unreal at so many points, like only characters that were convenient were showed and the world was ignored. Family and friends who could’ve been there were missing or only touched slightly in a chapter or two.
The last bit was the time, it was confusing. Also I prefer when books show narrative of more than one person ( unless they’re written excellently lik HP etc.) here it was only Rachel and once I decided I hate her the story just became worse.
I gave one star for keeping me hooked till the end and the remaining two for the story and thriller provided. Maybe a bit suspense too. I’m doubting on 3 stars too. :O
Okay let it go.
Quoting The Girl on the Train
“Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”
“There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”
“it’s possible to miss what you’ve never had, to mourn for it.”
“I want to drag knives over my skin, just to feel something other than shame, but I’m not even brave enough for that”
“let’s be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.” <—-This one offended me tbh, way too much.
EVERYDAY THE SAME
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
Well that’s pretty much all on The Girl on the Train, if you’d like to linger, you may wander around my site 😉