The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Published: 2015



The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins tells the tale of a young woman’s murder, in the voice of 3 of the characters, one of whom is the murdered girl.

I am sure I will get a lot of disagreement with this review, but….I know this book was hyped up, and is soon to be a movie, but I struggled with the first half….probably didn’t help that I kept putting it down to read something more interesting.

The premise is that a girl, travelling the same route every day, witnesses a murder in one of the homes she has been watching.  She goes to the police, but nobody really trusts her.  She insinuates herself into the others lives, and we find out that everyone is covering up something.

Initially it was very confusing because the girl on the train is an alcoholic, who made up names for the people she saw, so we had additional characters that didn’t really exist. This definitely confused the issue. All the players in this book are messed up…alcoholics, killers, adulterers, and liars…so it’s hard to figure out what is real and what isn’t. This should create a good mystery, and it does – eventually, it just seemed like a lot of work to get to the end. I think the movie might be clearer….which is probably the first time I’ve ever said that about a book 😦

Favorite Quote from The Girl on the Train:  “The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.”

Read: November 2015



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