books & reading reviews
Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsFriday, June 03, 2016
So, I started a book club at work (and who am I kidding? I am so excited about it!) and we chose The Girl on the Train as our first b...
So, I started a book club at work (and who am I kidding? I am so excited about it!) and we chose The Girl on the Train as our first book. I had heard a lot of great reviews about, and the movie is coming out this fall, so I was really excited to read the book. I was able to get through the book, which is a little over 300 pages, in two days. It was such an easy read; well-written and so intriguing. This book, like a few others I have been reading lately, is told from the viewpoints of three different women to tell one complete story.
I am always very critical of female characters (in novels, films, tv) and this was no different. Of course I took the side of the protagonist (you're not really given a choice, are you?), but I wasn't a fan of any of the women telling the story. I have a hard time forgiving characters of their flaws, especially if I feel like they got themselves into their situations. Closer to the end of the book, I was a bit more forgiving and liked one of the characters a little more. I don't feel like that disliking the characters mean you don't like the book. I think it can be a good thing, because you know them well enough to decide whether you actually do like them or not, and that was definitely the case here. You really get to know the characters (some more than others), and that's always a plus to me.
Around 100 pages in, one little detail gave me a clue to figure out the end, and because of that, I ended up rating the book only four stars on Goodreads. I really enjoy a thriller, whether its in book or movie form, but plot twists usually throw me off and spin me around and I'm going back and forth trying to figure it out the entire time and end up still being wrong. So the fact that I figured this one out was a little bit of a disappointment for me. Other than that, I loved the book and can't wait to see the film version.
Have you read The Girl on the Train? What were you thoughts and further recommendations for more books like this?