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May 11 2015 @ 04:38 pm
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins  
Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Pages: 326
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Book Description:
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?

My Thoughts About the Book:
Much like Gone Girl , I couldn't sympathize with a single character because they were all awful, but unlike Gone Girl I felt this story told the harrowing tale more efficiently and with more depth.

Rachel is a messy drunk who happens to see something while riding the train everyday that makes her think twice when a woman's whose house she passes everyday ends up missing. The only problem is who will believe a drunk?

What I enjoyed about the story was the different perspectives of the story and how for most of the time we are seeing everything from the blurry view of Rachel. But we switch up to a POV of the missing woman, and Rachel's Ex's new wife. Three women telling the story about lives that are far from perfect and terrible secrets in a relatively sleepy neighborhood.

Despite my lack of love for any of the characters, including those you'd normally feel sympathy for, I enjoyed the movement of the story, the revelations and the mysteries which kept me interested throughout the entire story.

 
 
 
Jo Ann: Reading: So many books so little timeyeuxdebleu on May 14th, 2015 01:36 am (UTC)
I liked this book, too, but I also liked Gone Girl -- both the book and the movie.

BTW, I was reading Maureen Ryan's (TV/book reviewer for Huff Post) list of the 10 most upsetting books she's read. Voyager was on the list.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on May 21st, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
Voyager was upsetting? Why? Because they were separated for so long... I need to read this. Do you have a link because I couldn't find it.
Jo Ann: AG: GIF Jesse so what-I don't knowyeuxdebleu on May 22nd, 2015 02:23 am (UTC)
I've looked and looked for the article again, but they don't have an index, archive, or "previous post" buttons to click on. I couldn't find it. They didn't give a reason why it (or any of the others) made the list, it was just a list. Also puzzling was the inclusion of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" on the list. Go figure. *shrugs*
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Jamie and Claire standing togsireesanwar on May 28th, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
That is just so annoying. Why don't they make sure fans can find these things later.
Jo Ann: Bel Ami: Rob: Angryyeuxdebleu on May 29th, 2015 04:03 am (UTC)
I have the same gripe with news stories. Once a story has run, it tends to disappear and links to it no longer take you to the correct story.
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Dinna Fashsireesanwar on June 3rd, 2015 10:06 pm (UTC)
So true! But today FireFox informed me they are now part of Pocket which you can save interesting articles too and tag them.. it is pretty cool and have already saved some neat recipes.

Will this always help in the future... likely not always but it is something to help keep those interesting stories close at hand.
Jo Ann: Reading: Baby reading on johnyeuxdebleu on June 4th, 2015 06:47 am (UTC)
I use Firefox, but I don't see that feature. Where would I find it?
Jill aka Josireesanwar on June 5th, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
It was something that came in with the new update but I would go to Tools>Add-ons>Get-Addons and then search for Pocket. It tells you that you don't have to restart to use it but you do.

If your Firefox doesn't have File Edit View etc at the top then go to the Open Menu and Click Add-Ons and then follow the above steps.
Jo Annyeuxdebleu on June 9th, 2015 06:37 am (UTC)
OK, thanks.