Can we say new favorite book?
I finished The Girl on the Train a few days ago…at 1am. You know it’s a good book when you’re at a time in your life when you have an almost three-month-old and sleep is at a premium and you stay up until 1am to finish a book. A few nights ago, I even stayed up for an hour after my 3am pumping session to read. That, my friends, is how you know you’ve found an excellent book.
I first heard about this book when Reese Witherspoon mentioned it on her Instagram account. A few days after that, I came across the book again when someone mentioned it was the new Gone Girl. Done. I bought right then.
The story is told from the point-of-view of three different women – Rachel, Anna and Megan. Rachel is a divorced alcoholic, Anna is Rachel’s ex-husband’s new wife with whom he had an affair with while he was married and Megan is a neighbor from down the road. The lives of the three woman overlap in different and unexpected ways. Each of the women are deeply flawed and have lives that aren’t what they seem to be on the outside. This book isn’t as much of a thriller as Gone Girl until the end, but it doesn’t disappoint. The story is incredibly intriguing, but for most of the book, you’re not really sure where it will go and how it will end. For some books, that can be a total turn-off, but not for this one; the intrigue keeps you sucked in and the shocking end is the huge payoff. Stories can often get muddy when you go back and forth between different narrators, but Paula Hawkins does this seamlessly without feeling like you’re missing out on details. The voice of each narrator is strong and I didn’t feel like I was aching for one person’s side of the story to end, so I could get back to another’s.
The Girl on the Train is incredibly addictive and one I highly recommend. This novel is the Paula Hawkin’s debut and I look forward to reading more from her in the future!
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