Book Review – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Happy Wednesday bookish babes! One of my goals for this blog is to write more book reviews and today I’m bringing you my thoughts on The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (spoiler free!!).

We start out from the perspective of Rachel who is a divorced, alcoholic, all around mess. Rachel takes the train into London every day and passes by a lovely neighborhood along the way. As time goes on she begins to feel connected to a couple that lives right off the tracks and even comes up with names and imaginary lives for them. In her mind this couple lives an idyllic life, unlike her own. One day Rachel witnesses something from the train that shatters her picturesque view of the couple and from there her world starts to unravel.

Honestly, for a thriller I really didn’t find too much of this very thrilling until towards the end. Rachel is an absolute mess and I have trouble staying invested in books when I really dislike the main character. You do get two other perspectives throughout the story, however Rachel remains the most prominent. This book is absolutely full of unhealthy relationships that make the characters extremely annoying in my opinion. I found myself just trying to get to the end so I could pick up something that I enjoyed more.

That being said the ending twist was surprising to me, even though I thought I had it figured out early on in the story. I am very curious to see how this plays out on the big screen, I cannot for the life of me picture Emily Blunt playing the part of Rachel after reading this. I also read that the movie location had been changed from London to New York which I’m a bit bummed about, but that really is a minor change since the location isn’t central to the plot. Overall I was very meh about this story and don’t quite understand all the hype around it.

What were your thoughts? Do you plan on seeing the movie adaptation? I would love to know your thoughts!

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8 thoughts on “Book Review – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  1. This book has been everywhere and I’m embarrassed to admit that I still haven’t read it. However, I do get your point about not being able to be invested in a story where you don’t much care for the main character – it can really make getting through the book difficult!

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      1. I probably won’t get the chance to go to the theaters to see it, but I’ll definitely be checking it out when it’s out on DVD! I’ll have to read the book before then.

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