9/16/2015

A Quick Review of The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins



Where do I begin? 

Well, first off, it's not a bad book. I found myself deeply engrossed in the story very early on. Full disclosure: I was mostly looking for the next Gone Girl. I don't read mystery/thrillers often so Gillian Flynn was basically "it" for me. You might say I set my peg too high or that my appreciation of Gone Girl has clouded my judgement. True, true. But! Even if! I simply did not think it was as mind-blowing as I hoped it would be.

Let's start with what I did like. Hawkins used three different voices in telling the story behind the disappearance of a woman. Rachel, Anna, and Megan were all very effective yet equally unreliable storytellers. We have an alcoholic, a liar, and a cheat. Doesn't exactly sound promising but the story becomes increasingly intriguing with each chapter because of how they relay the events that took place. If anything, their seeming insanity (at times) and paranoia is what kept me quickly turning pages. 

So I was there.

I was with them.

I was on a high trying to process everything. I wanted so bad to get to the part where the bad guy is revealed!

Then.