Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
I’m tempted to simply say “it’s like Gone Girl, but involves a train”. But that would be both an oversimplification and a bit of a lie. Fundamentally the only resemblance is that in both stories people are portrayed as twisted and genuinely messed up in the head, to a point where it is hardly believable.
Not to brag, but I had the major plot points graphed out within the first 3rd of the book. Part of this is to the credit of the author, who writes very distinctive voices for each character. I won’t say anything else for fear of spoiling it.
Overall, I did enjoy the book. I’d almost say as more of a “light and fluffy” piece if it weren’t for all the violence and crazy people.
It starts out with a faint tinge of whimsy, as you follow Rachel on her daily train rides and the fanciful life story she crafts for a couple who live along her route. As you could probably guess, it takes a dark turn pretty quickly and then continues to sprial into pitch blackness as Rachel tells lie after lie in the name of “helping” the investigation, and much like the formula for every romcom ever to hit movie screens she’s found out and her world crumbles apart. Cue the inspiring music and begin the comeback.
A good read overall, assuming you like your books a little on the dark side. I would agree with one critics assessment that “if you’d like Gone Girl, you’ll love Girl on the Train”.
For the record, I never read Gone Girl, just watched the movie.