Published January 13th 2015
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?
I’d seen so much hype around this book and I was a little unsure about reading it because I didn’t want to hype to get my hopes up really high. But I finally bought it and started it later the same day.
And I’m still unsure about how I feel about this book.
It’s a really quick read, I read it in pretty much one sitting.
I wasn’t a fan of characters. They were all really messed up people and I couldn’t relate to any of them at all. I can see how some people might liked the three women of this book but I found them all to be kind of awful people and Rachel was really annoying to me. And honestly, one of the women didn’t even add anything to the story so her perspective was pointless.
I wasn’t really impressed until the last quarter of the book. I was fairly bored for the rest of the book but I did really enjoy the last 75 pages.
I didn’t really find this book to be the thriller that I kept being told that it was. It was a mystery, sure, but it wasn’t extremely fast paced so it was a little slow to be a thriller.
My mind wasn’t completely blown was the plot twist at the end. I didn’t predict it but it wasn’t a big surprise either.
Overall, do I think this is worth all the hype? I personally don’t think so. But I did enjoy read The Girl on the Train for the most part so it was worth my time. I can see myself rereading this book in a couple of years and maybe enjoying it more. If you’re a really critical reader like me, this might not live up to the hype. But if you’re not a critical reader, I think you’ll really like this book.