Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel is an alcoholic mess and to avoid her own issues, she fantasizes a perfect life for a couple she see most days when she passes their house on the train.  Only no life is perfect and one day she sees something that shocks her and gets her involved in their lives and a crime.


Overall, I liked the book.  That said, my biggest issue was how unlikable every character was.  I mean, REALLY unlikable. It certainly kept me from enjoying the book as much as I had hoped.

The story is told from the 3 main women characters' separate POVs.  They each tell what they want withholding secrets that later are revealed which lead to the twists in the plot.  The thing is, their voices were pretty similar.  Their stories were different and their intersection in each others lives moved the story forward but they sounded alike voice-wise.  They all looked towards the men in the book as either being responsible for or to resolve their issues instead of facing them.  Lots of angst.  Yet at my F2F book discussion, that angst was much of what Roberta loved about it.  

There certainly was a lot to discuss!  

Terri

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