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The Girl on the Train

Hawkins, Paula - Finished Jan 19, 2017

Run-on Sentence Summary

The Girl on the Train, one of those page turner pulp thrillers that I read because everyone else is reading it, uses its gimmick of a neurotic unreliable narrator to play on fantasies of bored housewives.


I found this book in a hostel and decided to give it a quick read to pad the stats a little. The story centers around Rachel, a depressed alcoholic who is still reeling over her ex-husband’s infidelity. The story evolves into an old school murder mystery with the additional twist that you can’t ever believe what Rachel is saying due to her instability and her blacked-out memory gaps.

I couldn’t stop reading it even though I wasn’t never quite enjoying it. I couldn’t identify well with the main theme of boredom in domestic life, and couldn’t help but feel that it wasn’t written for someone like me. All of the characters were frustratingly weak, selfish and annoying, and I found it hard to sympathize with them all that much. Man, I sound like Tom don’t I?

Final Thoughts

Girl on the Train ended up being the kind of book that I kept on reading waiting for the big reveal that you know is coming, and when it came it just wasn’t very satisfying. For all the hype, it just wasn’t that good.

Favorite Quote

“There’s nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion.”