This week I have been reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which has been billed by the press as the next Gone Girl. I loved the book and the film so obviously I wanted to give it a go and see if it was everything it was cracked up to be.
The novel revolves around Rachel who takes a commuter train into London every morning. The train stops at a signal each day giving her a view into the gardens of a perfect row of Victorian houses where she has conjured up a whole back story about “Jess” and “Jason”, a couple who live in one of the houses. But one day Rachel sees something that shatters the illusion she has created and it changes everything.
Now I need to put this out there before any of you rush out and buy this book, you will not like any of the characters. All of them are unlikable. Rachel, the main character, is totally unstable, her busybody housemate is annoying, the “real” Jess and Jason are definitely not the perfect couple. However, I personally loved that all of the characters are a hot mess, I think it makes for a much more interesting story.
This is your typical psychological thriller, and it was certainly a page turner. I did guess the ending about half way through, but up until that point I was pointing fingers at people left right and centre, so I’m not disappointed.
I will say that The Girl on the Train isn’t really much like Gone Girl other than it is a psychological thriller. I think that Gone Girl is much more complex and the twist is far better. However I really enjoyed reading The Girl on the Train and I would recommend it as a summer read. Paula Hawkins writing style captivated me, and while I didn’t particularly like Rachel, I empathised with her and what she was going through, which implicitly conveys her talent as a writer,