The Girl on the Train Review

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was just Ok. The mystery was mildly intriguing, although I guessed the murderer half way through. But the characters…sure, they’re not perfect, but did you have to make them this terrible? I hated every single one of them. They all make horrible choices, and some that made little sense (Rachel worming her way into everything even when she had no excuse other than plot to do so). And the ending situation especially stretched credibility. Plus, the supposed revelation that other people’s lives are not perfect…that should be pretty obvious, even if you don’t read the book. Maybe Facebook and Instagram have made us actually believe that myth, so the book might be a little refreshing if that applies to you, but otherwise, you know that ‘Jason’ and ‘Jess’ aren’t nearly as perfect as Rachel makes them out to be. Anyway, if you’ve done some bad things, this book might make you feel better about yourself, reading about people doing even worse things. I didn’t care much about the victim dying because I didn’t care about the character, nor did I care about the other characters. So that is the main issue with the book. There’s really little reason to care enough to read it. While I don’t want this review to be completely negative, this book isn’t for everyone and only mildly hooked me. There were so many moments when character choices defied all reason that I just said, “Come on, really?” when I got to them. I only picked it up because I saw they were going to make a movie with this, but I doubt that beautiful Hollywood will cast a Rachel that resembles the description. This review will probably be the last time I touch anything that has to do with this book.

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