I was desperate for a good book to read to review, so I popped in to our local library and paid a bit extra to get one of their bestsellers. The librarian assured me that this book was flying off the shelves and everybody was talking about it…onto a winner…or so I thought.
The Girl On The Train is a book about a woman called Rachel who catches the same train every morning without fail. She knows it will pause at the same signal every time, overlooking a row of back gardens.
One of those back gardens was her old home, now occupied by her ex husband and his new family. A few doors up is a young couple who after watching them for a long time Rachel feels she now ‘knows’ and has named them Jess and Jason.
It’s not until Rachel sees something shocking in that very quick minute that she realises ‘Jess’ and ‘Jason’s’ lives are not as perfect as she has assumed. Rachel then decides she now has a chance to become part of the lives she has only watched from afar, and that everyone will see…she’s much more than just the girl on the train.
I thought this book was good…not great…well written, but not beautifully written. Sure, it held my attention and I was hooked for most of it, but it wasn’t until I finished it that I felt it didn’t quite live up to the hype.
Shoot me now, but I always do feel let down by books that everyone is raving about. I thought Fifty Shades of Grey was a load of rubbish, and I didn’t like Gone Girl. Maybe my expectations were too high with The Girl On The Train, and two days after reading it, it came to me why I was disappointed…
I did not like any of the main characters. Nope, not one, and especially not Rachel. I had absolutely no sympathy for her at all. I know everyone has their secrets and their flaws in real life and maybe that was what the author was trying to portray with the characters, but did they all have to suffer from either alcoholism, emotional or physical abuse, grief, immoral standards, pathological lying…? It made for quite a dark and depressing story…
So would I recommend it?
Only to those who like a bit of a light thriller, to those that want a quick little holiday read that will keep them intrigued.
It’s a good read, but far from one of the best books I have read.
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