The Girl on the Train

‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins is one that I have seen everywhere – in the bookshop, the supermarket, advertised online. I debated buying the book for a long time, but it was only when I got hold of the audiobook that I actually started listening to the story.

The story takes on the perspectives of three women – Rachel, an alcoholic; Megan, a cheat; and Anna, the mistress. Soon their lives and stories become entwined as Rachel forces herself into a missing person’s case, which soon turns into a murder mystery. None of the narrators were particularly reliable, which ended up leading the reader on an enjoyable wild goose chase as you try and work out the truth of what happened.

None of the main characters are particularly likable, and yet you end up liking them for that very reason (with the exception of Anna). Their lives are complete messes, each with their own issues and difficulties. I really enjoyed seeing how, through the different POVs, you could see how one’s perspective of a person can be very different from who that person actually is – you never know the whole side of the story.

The mystery was interesting, although the solution was fairly predictable and, if I’m honest, the reasoning behind it seemed a bit off. However, what really kept me going was exploring the characters, joining them on their various journeys. I really admired Rachel’s development, and I could really get on board with her as a person, despairing and applauding her. Megan was also a fascinating character, she clearly had deeply ingrained problems and seeing things from her perspective – the reasoning behind why she did certain things, was interesting. Anna was the only one of the three that I could not really get into – there was very little character development as you did not spend enough time with her in comparison to the other two characters, and I was not a huge fan of her voice actress, which pulled me out of the story a bit.

That being said, it was a really good book. The dates were confusing, and it did get a bit repetitive and tedious in the middle, but otherwise I really enjoyed listening to it and it sounds like a book that is quite good on the page as well. A word of warning though, it is quite a difficult book to read, in terms of content

Rating: 4/5


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