The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

Rachel is the eponymous girl, who commutes to work on the same train every day and makes up a story for herself about the lives of a couple who live in a house that's visible from the train line, and who Rachel often watches as the train stops at the signals. Then one day, just as the train has started moving again, she sees something disturbing.

I think it's mainly the fact that the elevator pitch for this novel is so intriguing that must have led to its success. I had it on order from the library and it took ages to come, because there was such a queue of people wanting to borrow it.

I don't think though, that the story was particularly special - not any better than some of the other woman-in-peril thrillers I've read recently, such as Into the Darkest Corner or Apple Tree Yard. It's touted as a book to rival Gone Girl, but it's nowhere near as good as that.

The book is told alternately by three different women - Rachel and two others. I liked the fact that Rachel is alcoholic, and has blackouts, so her narration is unreliable. What I was less keen on was that the other two women seem pretty indistinguishable in the way they talk: you wouldn't be able to tell which was which just from the writing style.

I'm writing this about 2 weeks after finishing the book and already I can't remember what happened at the end. I did enjoy reading it, but I'm glad I borrowed it from the library rather than buying it.

Completed : 18-Jul-2015

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