Monday, November 7, 2016

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Star Rating : 2 out of 5
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Content Rating : HIGH
Back Cover :
"EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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.

UNTIL TODAY
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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”
My Thoughts :
Not my Style. I know many people really loved this book; however, I am not one of them. I finished it; but, had to force myself to. I kept thinking, "So many people like it...it must get better." It didn't. This book does not have a clean ending, which doesn’t bother me; but, to me the book was slow and boring at times. I thought it was a bit depressing, unrealistic, not that suspenseful, and just unappealing in general. My advice is to SKIP IT. Rent the movie if you must; but, don’t spend time reading it.
I rated this book HIGH due to the themes and use of strong language. There are also some sexual references; but, they are brief. There is violence; however, it is not overly detailed or gory.
     What I liked :
  • The Premise – The idea behind the book was intriguing. However, I found myself not really caring what happened to anyone by the end of the book 

     What I didn't like :
  • The Characters – The characters in this book are all messy. There is not one person to relate to or like in the whole book. You not only don’t like anyone, you really don’t care about the fate of any of them. The main character, Rachel, is a drunk and has frequent blackouts that become tedious as the book goes on. The second narrator, Megan, is a slightly better character with a better back-story but not by much. The third, Anna, is just a petty shallow character.
  •  The Writing – The writing style itself seems clumsy and I don’t like some of the story line choices made. The story is told from the view point of three ladies. The voice of each character is interchangeable. This lack of different voices makes the reader continually check which character is talking. Also, the climax of the story isn’t good. It’s lacking and a little soap opera like.
  •  Basically Everything
What Others Are Saying :
“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.Vanity Fair
“Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery…hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.”USA Today

Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”
People

Review by Shayna Hinshaw


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