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Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Girl On The Train | Paula Hawkins

“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.” 

The Girl on The Train follows the perspective of three females that are initially only loosely connected. Rachel, an extreme alcoholic, takes the train every day and begins to feel like she personally knows a married couple that she sees as she passes every evening. When that wife, Megan, goes missing, Rachel feels the need to step in and figure out the case herself. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Many people have compared this book to Gone Girl, which is one of my favorite books, and now The Girl on The Train has also won my Best Book Award. But I like these books for different reasons. In general, I would say that if you liked Gone Girl, you would probably like this book and vice versa. However, if you didn’t like Gone Girl, don’t completely discredit this one. While they are both thrillers with dysfunctional female leads, The Girl on The Train is much faster paced and not as horrifyingly disturbing as Gone Girl. 

Many people (including me) hate books where the lead character is unlikeable, but The Girl on The Train is one of those books where you don’t really need to like the main characters. Actually, you will probably hate most of them throughout the whole book. However, by the end I actually felt some sympathy for all but one of the characters—if you’ve read the book you know who I am talking about, but I won’t spoil it here. 

Like most thrillers, this is not a touchy-feely-feel-good book, and like most thrillers this will have you turning pages and staying up until 2 am and canceling plans just so you can finish it.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone—unless of course you only like light, fluffy books. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 

“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps.” 

 *****   5/5 Stars

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