Today I finished my 21st read for my 2015 Reading Challenge: “The Girl On The Train” by Paula Hawkins. After seeing that ‘Loose Women’ (a popular lunchtime UK talk show) had launched their own bookclub, and that “The Girl On The Train” was going to be their first read, it gave me the motivation to read it this month. And I flew through it.
I love a good thriller/mystery/detective story – last year I read four, with my favourite read of the entire year being one of them (“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith) – and this was the perfect one to kick off 2015’s thriller season (I usually read them in the summer. The winter is far too depressing a time for a scary book).
My Goodreads Review
“‘The Girl On The Train’ follows the life of Rachel, an alcoholic, who commutes to and from London everyday on the same train. She witnesses an event from the train that causes her to possess important knowledge.
The book is told from Rachel’s perspective, but also from two other women, with whom Rachel’s life becomes entangled: Anna and Megan. I found sometimes the prose became repetitive (especially in Rachel’s sections – she’s always drunk or not remembering key events).
This book has been compared to ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn, and having read both, I can see the comparison. This book is less psychologically based, and is also less graphic, but that doesn’t detract from the plot – too much. If you’re after a really hard-hitting novel, I’d pick ‘Gone Girl’ over this book, but there was still plenty going on in this novel as well.
I was hooked very early on with this book, which is something of a rarity. The middle experienced a slight lull in action and clues, but the final reveal was excellent. I did manage to unravel the mystery between half and two thirds of the way into the book, but I was left questioning myself on a number of occasions (not enough to change my mind though).
If this is a debut novel, I for one can’t wait to see what Paula Hawkins writes next!”
Overall, I enjoyed the tension of “Gone Girl” more than “The Girl On The Train”, but this had me hooked from the start, whereas there was a lot of buildup concerned with the former. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick, generally fast-paced read with a satisfying outcome – however, I don’t think it’s one of those books you can go back and read again.
#10 A mystery or thriller – The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (7/10)
Twenty down, thirty to go. (Twenty-one read)
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