book reviews

Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Released: 13 January 2015

My Rating: 3 Stars

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

I was excited to read this book because when I read some of the reviews, it was very hyped. It got really good reviews and it made me more excited to dive in and read this book. However, after reading the book, I personally feel that it is definitely overhyped, but overall, I did think that this was a pretty good book.

In the beginning of the book, I was kind of bored. It took a while for the book to actually grab my attention. Once my attention was gained, I could not put the book down. I think the book picked up mostly towards the middle/end of the book for me.

So, you have Rachel. Rachel is woman who has had a tough past. She drinks a lot, she lost her job, her husband cheated on her and left her for another woman, etc. She takes the same train everyday and she see’s the same couple everyday. She calls this couple “Jess and Jason”, but later we find out their real names are Megan and Scott. This couple live down the street from her ex-husband Tom and his wife Anna.

Megan goes missing and because Rachel is so used to seeing her everyday, she decides to run to the police. However, her statements aren’t taken seriously because she is alcoholic and her memory due to being the night Megan went missing is unreliable. So the police tells her to stay out of it, but of course she doesn’t.

I think what I liked most about the book, was that it was hard for me to actually figure out who the suspect really was. While reading through all of the POV’s, I found my self second guessing myself every time I thought I had it figured out. I loved how the main character, Rachel, was extremely unreliable due to her struggles with alcohol. Even with Rachel being unreliable, everyone else seemed unreliable as well. You honestly don’t know who to trust while reading this. So, for me, that’s was probably the best part about this book. I know some people didn’t find the ending to be too much of a shocker, but for me it was because it was the last person that I thought it would be.

I didn’t really find myself relating to any of the characters in the book, but that did not take a way from the book for me.

3 stars due to the slow/boring beginning and not really finding myself relating to any of the characters.

If you read this book, what are your thoughts on it?

-Tiffany 💜

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