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The Girl on the Train: Review

18 January 2016
Remember back in the post here how I aimed to read 5 books this year? Turns out that things are going pretty well and a couple of weeks ago I finished book number one - 'The Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins. You've probably heard of it, it was last years 'Gone Girl' and was subject to a lot of hype; it's now being made into a film as well for those of you who aren't really into books.

I was expecting this book to be on par with 'Gone Girl', a book that I absolutely couldn't put down, however, I found 'The Girl on the Train' to be slightly lacking. Where I was expecting to be completely drawn into the book, barely able to put it down, I was in fact let down. In short, I don't think it lived up to the hype.

The book follows Rachel, an unemployed, alcoholic and her daily commute on the train into London. She sees the same people, the same places, day in, day out, until one particular commute in which something she sees changes the course of the book. Whilst this book is particularly good at drawing you in to begin with, I found myself getting a little bored as the book went on, reading just for the sake of getting to the end.

The concept of the story itself is a good one, however as I mentioned, I found it to be a bit lacking in places. Its major downfall for me was the ending. It seems that the storyline comes to a climax in the last few chapters, in which some of the storyline becomes wildly unbelievable and no longer realistic. I found myself more angry than shocked and upon reading the final line of the book, felt dissatisfied to say the least. However, this is all of course, a question of personal taste. Whilst I usually love thrillers, I found this one to be a little too unrealistic for my liking.

I'll give credit where it is due though - for a debut novel, this is pretty good and is well written. If you enjoyed the likes of 'Gone Girl' I suggest you give it a shot - with an average of 4 stars on amazon, near enough 7000 people can't be wrong.

Until next time,

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