Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Happy Tuesday!!! And can we please start with Congratulating Portugal for their win on the Euro2016?  WOOHOO...Go Portugal and Ronaldo and all the team, they did an amazing job, so PROUD.

Ok, time to stop bragging about soccer and move on to today's topic which is another book review and today's book review is a thriller (which totally doesn't go with a win on a soccer tournament lol) let's just do this:

The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins


Rachel has been taking the same commuter train every morning and night and every day she rattles down the same track and flashes by a stretch of cozy suburban homes and she stops at a signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck.  And by watching them day after day she starts to feel like she knows them somehow, she even gives them names, Jess and Jason.  From what she can see, their life is perfect, no unlike her own, the one she has recently lost.

Well, it seemed perfect until TODAY, until she sees something shocking, it's only for a minute, until the train starts to move again, but it's enough for her to start to panic and know that something bad has happened to "Jess" and because of that feeling she goes to the police and report it.  However, once she is at the police station, she isn't such a reliable person as she thinks she is, her past and her recent action comes up and the police doubt her and sends her home.  But soon she finds herself entangled not only not in the investigation (because she cannot let it go) but also in the lives of everyone involved (because the people involved are closer to her than she thought).

Even though this book had so much potential and the story line was pretty interesting and that was probably the only reason I kept reading, the main character, Rachel, drove me crazy.  She was not stable at all and instead of taking care of herself she kept ruining her life more and more.  I understood that she wanted to help and find out what happened to "Jess", but I felt like she should have realized that she needed to be 100% herself to do that.  Ah...she really aggravated me up until the very last couple chapters.

I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 chapters, people kept comparing this book to Gone Girl and I don't agree, even though Gone Girls main girl was crazy, she was genius crazy, that's a difference.  But the story line was good and that was the reason I still gave the book 3 stars.

XOXO,

Nelia