Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

July 16, 2015

I hope you’ve all checked out the Reading Challenge page! I’m getting some good feedback and I’m excited to keep sharing.  I’ve been contemplating writing a full review for The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins but I received a request for it so here it goes. I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum but this is a toughie.

girl on the train coverFirst, I really wish the comparisons between this book and Gone Girl would stop. It sets you up for disappointment. I haven’t read Gone Girl but from what I hear it was amazing and this was so…not.

I enjoyed the broken and overlapping timeline (although it did get a little confusing at times). We were learning information with the characters and getting clarification on certain things which lent to this being a page turner. Just when you got used to one point of view, it was changed to another. It kept things interesting.

I really wish we could have had a more reliable (& sober) main character. The book being from her “hazy” point of view was so frustrating to me. Everything went south because she could not get it together! I just wanted her to stop, to reevaluate her life and realize that she should be minding her own business. Like seriously this book she be called The Girl Who Should Have Sobered Up and Minded Her Own Damn Business. If Rachel had just kept to herself and worked on her life before getting involved in other people’s drama, everything definitely would have ended differently. I really wish all the characters could have been more stable if I’m being honest. Hawkins really knows how to create an unstable female and develop her just enough to remain elusive and seem completely insane. Even the men were unstable if I really think about it. I wonder what commentary Hawkins is trying to make with that. Despite their insanity, I was disappointed with the underdevelopment of the characters, even Rachel. This definitely contributed to the insanity since we didn’t get much of a back story, just bits and pieces when Rachel has a hazy memory or flashback.

The book definitely drags in some places. It starts off really slow, the climax builds slower than you would like and then it ends pretty quickly. The mystery is kind of obvious at a certain point but it wasn’t a horrible ending. I probably won’t read this one again but you never know. Maybe I can see it differently on the second read. I give it a 3.5/5 but I hope you still read it. I’m curious to see what people outside of my normal circle think about it!


Kiera ღ

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