The Girl on the Train Review
Author: Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train keeps getting compared to Gone Girl and I’m not sure why. In this book, a wife disappears and her husband is blamed, but that’s the only similarity. Well, there’s also a “twist,” but don’t a lot of books have that?
I listened to Girl on the Train with my husband on audiobook. The interesting thing about it is that the characters aren’t really likeable. I liked Anna and I’m not sure I was supposed to. She had an affair with the main character’s husband. Somehow I could forgive her that. I think I liked her because she was just honest about things and she wasn’t a pushover. The main character, Rachel, is pretty pathetic. It was an interesting choice, definitely different. She is still hung up about the break up of her marriage, she is friendless, and she was recently fired, but is lying about it to her one friend and landlord. When she becomes slightly involved in the case, she becomes obsessed because there is nothing else going on in her world. She lies and lies to stay part of the action and pretends she knows more than she does.
This story was really slow-moving. Things were revealed very slowly and I’m not sure if I would have continued reading it were it not in audio format. Or maybe it would’ve been easier to read because I read faster than I listen! I liked the twist, but I guessed it beforehand, so it wasn’t surprising to me at all. It didn’t get too exciting until the end, but when it finally did, I enjoyed it.
I enjoyed Gone Girl a lot more than this if you’re trying to choose between the stories. This book is slow at times, but if you can hold on, I do think the ending is worth it. 4 out of 5 stars.