The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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I really hate when authors and people in general call women girls. Obviously, Rachel isn’t the most mature in this story, but she is still an adult. Someone says “the girl on the train” I’m going to imagine a ten-year-old girl riding the subway to school, not a thirty-something-year-old drunk commuting to the office.

I watched the movie for The Girl on the Train first which I shouldn’t have done if I planned on reading the book. This is especially true with mysteries because it makes me wonder if I could have figured it out before the final twist. Also, in this case I kept picturing Emily Blunt while reading, even though she’s drop-dead gorgeous and quite thin while the main character is supposed to be pretty but average-ish and has gained weight due to depression and alcoholism. That’s typical Hollywood and it doesn’t affect the movie at all. And to be fair they did a good job of making her look like crap in that movie. However, reading it in the book was a little weird because everyone comments on Rachel’s gross appearance and I’m remembering Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow… HOT.

Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow

Maybe that’s why I enjoyed the movie so much more. Or that it was only two hours from beginning to end whereas the book takes a bit longer and you have to live in the unhappiness for a while before anything happens. But also, Emily Blunt.

I was drawn into this story immediately because of the amazing writing. I had to know more about Rachel. For a little while my interest lagged but that’s only because the characters aren’t likable (read: I pretty much hate all of them) and the intense details about the alcoholism were kind of depressing. There really isn’t anything positive in her life.

However, after a few chapters I was back into the story as Rachel becomes more involved in trying to figure out what the heck is going on. It’s so easy to see things from the police perspective: this lady is a drunk, crazy person who is trying to cause issues in her ex-husband’s life. And I was glad Hawkins used alcoholism as an explanation for the amnesia rather than just garden variety head trauma. She created the perfect unreliable narrator who you want to believe, but how can you when she proves time and time again that she is unreliable.

It reminded me of Gone Girl because of the dark atmospheric writing. I mean I often hate all of Gillian Flynn’s characters but that doesn’t stop me from loving her books. Some readers are like that and other readers hate a book if they can’t connect with the characters. To each their own.

**Spoilers** I was so pissed at the new wife, Anna, for being totally cool with murder but not okay with being compared to Rachel because she’s “ugly.” Like WTF! She only helps kill him because she’s worried about herself and her kid. Granted she did have to worry about being killed if she tried to stop him thus leaving her child alone with a killer, but still it doesn’t seem that way in the book. It seems more like she doesn’t give a crap. **end of spoilers**

I would recommend The Girl on the Train for readers who are just interested in a quick mystery, who have not watched the movie, and who are more interested in plot than likable characters. Or just watch the movie. After all, Emily Blunt.

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