So i joined the club, the ones who read “The Girl on the Train”. The hype surrounding this book is so big it can ruin the experience for everyone that wants to read it. I will try my best in the spoiler free section to not actually spoil anything but be aware, if you want to go completely blind you should not read this post to his full. Let’s begin!
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.
The story evolves around Rachel that goes on the train every morning to get to her job. Her life is far from perfect and when traveling on the train she images the perfect life of the couple that lives near the rails, the life she would like to have.
One day, she sees the one thing that shatters every idea she had of those two.
( i wanna leave it in this note just because it’s fun to discover the rest)
I loved the build up of the mystery. We start in one key and by the middle the tone of the book changed completely.
We have multiple POV’s, so our alliances are just like a ball in a Ping-Pong game. In one chapter you agree with one character, by the next you hate her.
Don’t let the hype ruin your experience, this is a good book. This is being compared with “Gone Girl” (review here). I don’t think it’s comparable. If you need a background, i think Gone Girl i more messed up and the plot twist is different. I found it predictable, because i guess it really early, but still! Don’t let this fool you, it’s a good story with a good ending!
In conclusion it’s fast passed, with gripping chapters and great character growth.. Give it a try and try to not get influenced by the hype. 5 out of 5.
Next, full review with spoilers! 🙂
This book, quite a surprise to be honest. I was getting overwhelmed by the comparison with Gone Girl. By the end i couldn’t compare it.
We follow the POV of a few different characters, already different from Gone Girl. We never see Tom’s POV and i don’t think he is as messed up as Amy, or Anna.
I also found Gone Girl less predictable. Still, i really enjoyed Rachel story.
Now, onto the book itself.
Favorite character? Anna. This was such a good analogy to Tom’s messed up life. She is twisted, she is paranoid, she is an amazing character to read. I enjoyed her paranoia, she was strong but played defenseless. She made sure Tom died and then threaten Rachel, while through all the book she was the wife/lover, afraid of loosing her husband to his ex and an over protective mother. Great arc.
With Kamal, i needed just more background. I like his character but i never got to understand if Rachel kept going to the sessions. How did Kamal life was different after being accused of murder?
The domestic violence is never confirmed to the full. Rachel just remembers being beat up but never says to Tom that she knows. I now it’s a conclusion to make after reading the book, but it should be explicit. We should read the words, Tom was the husband who beat his wife while she was drunk so that she didn’t remember it and in the morning lied to her with all the teethes he had.
Tom and Anna, perfect for each other. I wanted to know more about Tom’s life. His parents and why he lied all of his life. We just know he lies never understanding his life to the full. Angry man with bad motives to live.
Megan and Scot, i didn’t get attach. I felt sorry for both of them. But he was just a bad husband. I know she cheated on him but no one, men or women, has the right to be like that. Seeing emails and internet history, c’mon, why would she love him? His story was also cut in the middle, what happened to him? I would really like to know.
The only moment i felt for Megan was when she found out she was pregnant. Her fear of children was because of Libby and now she could have made a difference in her own life. This is the true sad story in all of the book. Megan had a shitty life (self acceptance is the key to have a great life) and died a shitty way. But i guess it’s life.
I hope you enjoyed this review! Have you read the book?