I know I’m late to the party on this book, and that it was a Very Big Deal some time ago, but kind of like the Martian it took me a while to catch up. Frankly? Unlike the Martian, with this book I don’t think I actually missed much.
I’d heard (mostly) good things about Paula Hawkins’ thriller and was excited for a mystery to round out my year. (Only one book left to my half cannonball, and hopefully enough time to eek out a victory!). I chose to tackle this one as an audiobook, and it worked very well in this format, though I can’t give a completely enthusiastic report; Hawkins ran out of steam and the pay-off at the end fell flat. Each chapter jumps around to the perspective of the three main narrators: Rachel, Megan, and Anna and it is a battle royale of the unreliable […]
Okay, first of all, Rachel, the main character, is in her thirties. She’d a woman. She’s a WOMAN on the train. Second of all, uhm, sure, fine, I guess. The girl on the train is an easy read. Not much happens on the pages, the story is pretty straightforward even as Rachel blacks out and forgets large parts of it. But blackouts do not equal nuance. It’s impossible to miss anything. Everything that is lost in black outs or changes in point of view, are conveniently remembered and expanded every time Rachel gets another epiphany about her past or her […]
This is a book, and now a movie, that should not be spoiled, so don’t read past the spoiler warning if you haven’t already read the book. Although, I was 99% sure I knew who the murderer was and why fairly quickly. I wasn’t surprised, but this book is really more about uncovering memory and revealing the things we already know, than it is an actual whodunnit. Rachel is an alcoholic who gets black out drunk. She is having a hard time moving on from the end of her marriage. A lot of people have found her to be unlikable, […]
3.5 stars Rachel, trying to drown the sorrows of her recent divorce in alcohol and denial travels to London on the train every morning and back to the suburb where she shares a flat with an old friend in the evenings. As she passes the area where she used to live, she observes a seemingly golden couple and makes up a fantasy narrative about their life to comfort herself in her loneliness. She’s named them Jess and Jason and believes them to have a perfect relationship, in contrast to her miserable life, post failed-marriage. One day, she sees “Jess” kissing […]
I am iridescent with joy. I am pregnant with wonder. Gestating within me is the belief that regardless of how much I love the book, if Rainbow Rowell is writing it, I will absolutely love the people she fills it with. When my egg hatches, I will be gifted with the certainty that Rainbow Rowell is my new favorite author. Part of my effervescence, no doubt, is due to the long string of unhappiness in which I’ve enshrouded myself. The Girl on the Train, Cujo, The Kite Runner, and Gone Girl put me in a pretty dark place, I think. Rainbow Rowell has […]
If you are looking for a well written, fast moving psychological thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s brilliant Gone Girl you will be entertained and satisfied with The Girl on the Train. Like Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train uses an unreliable narrator structure to keep the reader off balance, revealing information bits at a time so that your understanding of the story keeps changing. It also features characters that are largely unlikable, yet strangely compelling, and keeps you turning the pages even as the story gets almost unbearably bleak. But the old adage goes “It’s always darkest […]
Rachel rides the train every day. And every day she passes the same homes and people going through their same routines. Until one day, something changes. What Rachel sees alters the trajectory of her life that is already complicated with a divorce and alcoholism. Anna is a stay at home mom. Although her life seems simple, she lives in the shadow of her husband’s ex-wife, struggling with raising her two-year old daughter and keeping her sanity while trying to maintain a happy marriage. Megan shouldn’t have a care in the world. She is free to work on her art and […]