Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

What They Say.....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?

What I Say....Every time the book blurb says "It's the next Gone, Girl", I do an inward eye-roll.  Don't get me wrong, I loved "Gone, Girl".  I had already read everything Gillian Flynn wrote before 'Gone, Girl" even became a thing.  But it's been a couple of years, let it go.  

But everyone was talking about "The Girl on the Train", so even though Amazon proclaimed it to be the next "Gone, Girl", I bought it because so many people I know were raving about it.

I don't know if my expectations were set too high, because I thought it was a good book, but it wasn't earth rocking for me.  I think in part because every single character was so despicable.  I really couldn't stand any of them, and Rachel most of all.  After many years of ER nursing, I truly cannot stand messy alcoholics, and that's all Rachel was.  At the end, I felt like the author was trying to get me to have pity on Rachel, but I didn't.  She was a blackout drunk, so she kind of left herself open to anyone rewriting her history.

It was definitely a good read, and I would read the author again, but i just felt kind of dirty after reading it.

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