Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

I decided to read this one because I saw it mentioned quite a few times on my Twitter timeline, and everyone said how good it was and how everyone should read it. I got curious and needed a new book to listen to on audible, so why not go for the one everyone was recommending?

I have to say, I was really disappointed.

The characters were not even slightly interesting, you didn’t get the feeling of wanting to get to know them better and not even once was I interested or even surprised about the things we got to know about their past. This was probably what disappointed me the most. The characters were so predictable that no matter what we got to know about them, it didn’t surprise me, and not a single time I had that feeling of wanting to know what would happen next.

And the so called twist? When you were supposed to get the whole what the fuck feeling? Didn’t happen. The “twist” was also predictable, hell I guessed it way earlier than they even started hinting it, and when Rachel got her oh my god it was Megan revelation I just sat here like, “Gee, you think?”

I thought, it can’t be this easy? Can it? There must be more! There is no way people think this is amazing enough to spam my timeline with? Hell these people I see recommending it writes the most amazing stories, they can’t really mean that this is the book everyone should read? There must be more.

But no. There wasn’t. It really was that easy. And I was extremely disappointed.

Not sure what else to say, to be honest. I guess I can mention that the ones reading the version I listened to, Clare Corbett, India Fisher and Lousie Brealey, did it kind of badly. I don’t know who did who, but Rachel’s chapters were alright, I guess, even though I couldn’t at all feel the characters feelings or relate her to the voice. The one doing Megan sounded stressed, like she couldn’t wait to get done, but she still became my favourite because I felt like yes, this sounds like Megan. Then we have Anna… Anna’s parts were so horribly bad and boring, I can’t with words express how happy I am her chapters were always so short. I couldn’t stand listening to them.

To me this book was a waste of time. I give it two stars because it didn’t bore me so much I never finished it, but I would never recommend it to anyone. Don’t spend your money on this one, it won’t be worth it.

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