“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
Synopsis: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
2 out of 5 stars
This book was heralded to be the next “Gone Girl”, which delighted me as I loved that book.
What a rousing disappointment this was. Full of unhappy people doing unhappy things, which is fine if the book has an interesting plot. This plot had promise but just didn’t deliver.
Rachel is the girl on the train, or rather, the woman on the train. She has no job, no life and no prospects and her daily routine consists of riding the train everyday as if she is still going to work so that her long-suffering room-mate won’t suspect anything. Her company on the train is her bottle of gin.
Each day she passes the same house and sees the same couple who look like they have the perfect life. She calls them, “Jess and Jason”, and imagines all sorts of perfect things they must do each day and perfect ways they must treat each other. One day she sees Jess doing something shocking and then Jess disappears forever.
What I liked: The three women in the story are all seemingly very different from one another but are, in fact, exactly alike. Each seeking the same things. I liked how that was very neatly tied up.
What I didn’t like: I didn’t like any of the characters at all. None of them were likeable and had very few redeeming qualities. Just not nice people in any way, shape or form, which made it difficult to get through the book. It was hard to read when I wasn’t rooting for anyone or engaged in any way.
This book is very divisive. it seems that most readers either love it or hate it. I didn’t hate it exactly, but definitely didn’t love it.