Book Review: The Girl on the Train

girl on teh train

I’m currently on vacation on beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. The husband is here on business so I’m tagging along.  Poor guy,  he’s at work all day and I’m taking surfing lessons and reading by the pool.

Anyway, I joined a book club in my area and I’ve just finished the book for July, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It starts from the point of view of Rachel, who talks about the things she sees on her daily commute via train to London.  With each morning/evening entry (corresponding to her trips to and from London, more is revealed about her rather messed up and traumatic life and the lives of the people she sees on Road, a place she passes on the train ride. Each chapter told from the point if view of one of three female characters, each with the own messed up story to tell.

The book is an incredibly quick read, I finished it in about 3-4 sittings. It had a very casual tone, like reading someone’s diary.  You hear their voice, their train of thought, and what happened without much pomp and circumstance. I thought the characters felt very real, experiencing feelings I could very much sympathize, if not empathize with. By the time I had sort of figured out the major plot line, the book did its reveal.  If anything, the first half to two-thirds of the book is really character development and the rest is plot. I think the author could have afforded to spend a little more time with the plot because I felt like the action unfolded, peaked, and ended rather quickly, as compared to the slow character buildup in the first half of the book. I also was a little frustrated at first when the dates jumped back and forth, depending on who’s POV you were reading from. But I understood why she did that and it becomes less confusing as the book progresses.

All in all, an interesting read. I’ll probably have to read it again to refresh my memory since my book club doesn’t meet for a few weeks.


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