16 September 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!



Not literally nothing. Just nothing big. That's my main problem with The Girl on The Train. The build-up was so strong that I felt like the big reveal didn't quite measure up. Most of the book was good but the ending had me asking REALLY? THAT'S IT??? There's no shock value! At least not to me. But come on, isn't that what we're all looking for in a mystery? The ending fell flat, in my opinion.

However, if you ask me, I would still recommend this book to you. Pick up a copy of The Girl on The Train. Try it our for yourself. I mean, liked most of the book, that I can assure you. You might have better luck with the ending than I did. 

P.S. my copy is an audio book from Audible. It was my first time to finish a book in this format. Not bad!

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