The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
Published by Riverhead Books on January 13, 2015
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.
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?
I agree with the clear language, yes, and in some ways, I agree that the author could bring a bit of finesse to the story, but I don´t agree with the rest.
For many reasons, I couldn´t jump into the hype feeling everyone - except me, among a few others - was having.
But when she one day sees something awkward and goes to the police, all of the sudden she finds herself in the middle of a nightmare. One, she can´t ignore nor flee from.
Well, it didn´t come to a DNF, but it was close – REAL CLOSE! I know a lot of fantastic thrillers, a lot of titles who could really give me the creeps, put a chill down my spine and made me want to go outside and run after I was finished with them, ´cause I had so much nervous energy running through my body that I had to go outside to get rid of it, to simply calm down.
But this thriller is average (at least for me), on some pages kind of well-written average, but still average. Maybe other reader’s don´t agree with me, but that´s ok. This is my opinion about this book; this is how I feel about it.
It was kind of interesting to watch how the figures came to the same conclusion I had very soon already, that I have to admit. And to see how they were dealing with it was at least in some scenes, nice to read. But I also missed a lot of things in this book. Where was the unpredictable? The “I-didn´t-see-that-coming” moment? Or how about some real shocking moments, where you finally start to see what type of thriller that is? Some huge WOW moment where a great thriller usually gets you right into it? Nothing in sight, no, not even close.
And that Anna - what in the world is she thinking or doing?
Don’t get me wrong. I understand that a mother and woman, who took the husband from another woman, is acting weird if the ex shows up again and again. But what she does, thinks and finally tells the police, sorry but that is just mean, cold and completely over the edge. She oversteps a line here.
I admit that the author has a good way in creating figures. Until some point they were convincing and it was kind of good to watch them. I felt annoyed, I felt angry, I felt pity and until a certain point, I thought why the heck is Tom still doing what he´s doing with Rachel, to her? Why all those talks, all those tries to get some sense into her if not for the reason to keep her away from his new life? I read a few more pages and after some further chapter,s I was quite sure who the murderer, the bad guy had to be – and guess what? Yep, I was sooo right! But I guess that wasn´t how it was meant to be by the author. I guess she wanted her readers to puzzle about it – why else would she have given all those hints about the husband of the murdered figure? Why show his violent behavior through the eyes of the murdered person and the soft behavior towards the police and Rachel, if not for fooling the reader a bit?
-I didn´t want to give the author the gratification that this would be my first title I did not finish -I was hoping that there would come a wow effect, a moment where I would think now were getting to the point here – which never happened.
-I wanted to give the author a chance to finally catch me – which also didn´t happen.
So I have finished it but can´t recommend it with a pure conscience.
Paula Hawkins grew up in Zimbabwe. 1989 she moved to London, where she still lives. Over 15 years she worked as journalist, before she started writing novels. Her first novel Girl on the Train captured instantly the top of the bestseller lists in England and the US and even before the publishing date DreamWorks secured the movie rights.