What I’m Reading: The Girl on the Train

I just finished up listening to the audio book The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.  If you read a couple earlier blog posts you’ll know that this book was highly recommended to me.  That sometimes makes me nervous because I think that it will be hyped to be so wonderful and even if it’s really good, I’ll think it wasn’t as good as the hype.  As I listened I tried really hard to not think about the hype.  In the end, that was easy because the book sucked me in.

I have to say I really did like the book.  I guessed the mystery about mid-book…but I was never certain so it kept me reading.  Then as something more was revealed, I’d say yep..I’m on the right track.

I read the negative Amazon reviews after the book was done and really didn’t agree with them.  One suggested that there was too much detail.  I didn’t think so.  One suggested that it was slow.  I listened to an audio version and once or twice I thought that for a second and then I thought no..the slow spots are what makes the book good as it builds the anticipation.

If you like mysteries, I whole hardheartedly suggest giving it a try.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about the book, “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.

Amazon readers say 4.1 stars and my reaction is WHAT ARE THEY THINKING??   I’d go with a 5.  I’d definitely recommend the book.

Are there other books you’d suggest?

3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Girl on the Train”

  1. I agree it was a hitchock like thriller! Not the BEST mystery, but like you siad compulsively reading it.. then I got close to the end and I thought “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!!!!” that book has a twist! I got her other book from the library, and it was similar “Sharp Edges” not quilte as compulsively read though.

  2. I really got into this novel but in the middle I wondered if I wanted to continue reading.
    I decided to keep reading and I was glad I finished and I did like it. It is quite different than anything I had read. Kate Morton’s THE DISTANT HOURS is a book I loved reading.

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