Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Girl on the Train

22557272Goodreads Synopsis:    A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

My Thoughts:

-    This book DOES NOT live up to the hype. I was so excited to read this because I had heard so many great things, but it fell short and hard.

-    The beginning is SO slow!! It takes a while to get into the mystery.

-    This was supposed to be a mystery/thriller. I get the mystery part, but I would not consider this a thriller at all. It was boring until the very end.

-    A lot of people in book club, including myself, figured out who did the deed before the end. It wasn't that hard.

-    The best part of the book was that is wasn't translated from British! Hooray! 

-    I hated all the characters. There was no redeeming quality about any of them. The three main narratives all sounded like the same person. The book would have been better if they had all ended up as the same person anyway. The lady could have had multiple personalities, and it would have been a WAY better ending!

-    I did make it through to the end, so the book held my attention that long. It wasn't one of those books where I couldn't wait to pick it up again, or where I couldn't stop reading. It was an effort to finish. 


  1. I agree with everything you said. Can you believe it won the Goodreads mystery/thriller category? I rolled my eyes when I saw that.

  2. It won?! Ugh! This book was nothing special. It's weird when people like a certain book and it becomes huge for no good reason. I felt that way about The Help. I just didn't get it. The multiple personality thing would have been priceless! If she could have done it without the reader catching on...mind blown!

  3. Awww, I'm sad to hear this. It sounds like such a good book! But I am with you--I hate it when books are hyped to be thrillers and they're so slow! And I enjoy trying to figure out the mystery as I read, but it's no fun if it's that easy to figure out. I like your idea of the lady having multiple personalities, though! Great review!