#Blogmas2016 | Book Review - The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Sunday, December 11, 2016

I think I might be one of the last people to read The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. It one of those books that has been hyped and as the film has recently been realised I'd noticed a lot of chatter about it on social media and decided it was time. 

The book is set in London and centres round Rachel who is The Girl On The Train. She's an alcoholic who has lost her job and is trying to come to terms with the end of her marriage, he's ex's new relationship and new baby. 

The story begins with her riding the train pretending to go to work everyday, the train goes past her old house, the house her ex still lives in and she frequently watches not only them but another couple a few doors down. She creates a fantasy life for them. She's an artist, he's a doctor. They have the perfect marriage. 

The woman goes missing and Rachel becomes embroiled in a web of lies to the police but she also tries to help the husband by reporting something she has seen from the train window.

However she's not considered to be a credible witness, not only is she an alcoholic but she'd been on a blackout binge the night of the disappearance, was seen in the area and the missing woman has a likeness to her ex's new wife. 

While reading the book I had no empathy for any of the characters. I felt irritated and everything felt a bit too contrived and I kept thinking if only they'd done, this or said that it would be better. I don't think it's ever a good thing when you mentally rewrite a book while you read it. 

I also feel my feeling towards the book may be swayed because I read it on my kindle. As much as I love the kindle I do think it takes some of the enjoyment out of the book. 

Over all it's a good book, worth reading and now I've seen the movie I've got a new found appreciation for it and I am going to read it again. 

I would say I liked the film better, which I feel is quite rare for me. The two follow the same over all plot but the film is set in New York and for me some of the scenes just didn't work. I needed to be London but the cinematography was excellent and the cast was fantastic. 

Both the book and the film are hard to watch with some difficult and uncomfortable scenes, there are no sunshine or kittens anywhere. 

I would recommend reading book or watching the film but I have to compartmentalise them into two very different things. 

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