Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Everywhere I look, I see photos, copies, comments, and posts about this book. Its super popular and its supposed to be the same kind of thriller some have compared to Gone Girl. 

I found it for $10 off the cover price a couple weeks ago so I snapped it up to see what all the fuss was about. We all know the synopsis by now about the girl who rides the train and sees something happen. That there's a couple in a house she always watches from her seat and a story unfolds from there. I won't say any more.

Basically it is a story told from the point of view of a couple of the main characters. It is set up with morning and night tidbits. It reads exactly how someone would think it, meaning that there is a lot of things which don't come out right away since this is the kind of story without too much foreshadowing. It is full of twists and turns and with facts being revealed all the time. It really does keep the reader on their toes.

I read this in one day, in one sitting actually. Took me about 4 hours I believe. Half way through I couldn't put it down and I just had to find out the result. I even recounted most of the story to my guy that night.

I wouldn't list this as an all time favorite, but I did enjoy it. It's one of those books that forces you to look inside the more tawdry, salacious sides of peoples lives. It tends to leave the reader feeling sort of exposed by the end. I couldn't really connect too much with any of the characters though, but I did understand them.

For the mystery type thriller that it was, it was great. I didn't figure out the who did it until the author told me which I like. It's more fun when I can't tell for sure. All in all, it was good.

Recommendation: If this book caught your attention then by all means read it and find out what all the fuss is about.

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