By Paula Hawkins
Rating: 5/5 Stairs
I’m going to be honest here. This is probably going to be the worst review I ever write. And I’ll tell you why – I have nothing substantial to tell you about this book. No summary of the story. No analysis about the characters. No comments about how plot points worked and weaved together. I don’t want to spoil this book for you with any details. I think going into this book with no idea what you’re getting into is the best way to read it.
I will tell you I picked it up because I had heard it compared to Gone Girl (by Gillian Finn). I loved Gone Girl – what a great premise and full of surprises. I would say The Girl on the Train is in a similar vein to Gone Girl in that you don’t know where it’s going, and it has some surprising twists and turns. But I didn’t find it as morally dark and twisted as Gone Girl was. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a novel full of sunshine and butterflies, but let’s face it – Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne is messed up.
Like a train itself, The Girl on the Train starts out slow, but quickly picks up speed. Once I got into it (which happened quickly), I couldn’t put it down. Well, that’s not literal – I was listening to the audio version – but you know what I mean. No one’s outside life is as it seems. So many secrets. The audio book was terrific – narrated by three women, including the wonderful Louise Brealey.
I had a friend comment that she was glad she read the physical book, she felt like the audio book wouldn’t have worked as well. But I loved it. I had so many questions and theories about what was going on – all wrong of course. But it was great fun to listen to.
I know many of you out there have already read The Girl on the Train. But if you haven’t – pick it up. Right now. And don’t read any other reviews. The less you know, the better. 😉