It's been a while and I've been struggling with coming up with a new post since I have been extremely worn out coming back from my trip, especially with all the school work that follows. But anyway, I'm so excited to finally be doing my second book review, and this time, I'll be reviewing a book by Paula Hawkins called "The Girl on the Train".
So I bought this book a few weeks ago and I was kind of contemplating on whether I should've bought this book or another one I found in the store that day. I am very happy with my decision, you guys. The book is so fascinating and it's terrific. I really enjoyed reading it!
The story is, there's basically a girl named Rachel who's an unemployed, newly-sacked alcoholic and commuter who takes the same train everyday. On her usual route, the train tends to stop briefly at a signal, and from that spot, Rachel always looks out the window into this house near the tracks where a seemingly happy and perfect couple lives. She enjoys looking at how they live and show affection towards each other. And then the book kind of unveils the true story behind this couple ("Jason" and "Jess" is what Rachel calls them) from "Jess"'s point of view. One day, "Jess" suddenly disappears. The plot thickens along the way and it's extremely interesting to follow. It also shed light into Rachel's rough past (and present condition too). In the end, we realize that everyone's a victim at some point of the story.
I didn't really like, firstly, how the book was constantly jumping from one time setting to another. It was fine, but it did make me a bit bothered with how I must follow through the story. Maybe it's just me, but I find myself going to the previous pages to check which time setting a certain story took place. Other than that, I do like the cover, but I just always feel like the book title on the cover must be as clear and bold as possible. I feel like seeing the cover of this book (with the graphics) makes me pretty dizzy. Such an awesome book should've had a better cover to promote it.
The thing I loved most about this book was actually the plot twist. Actually, there were multiple plot twists, and that just made the book very gripping and fascinating. The first quarter of the book, I felt, was okay, but it literally went better and better from there. I liked how Paula Hawkins dug really deeply into each character, allowing us to understand their reckless "adult" personalities. I felt like she was very insightful in this book. There was a very good amount of mystery, which I loved. I spent so much time guessing and guessing. Literally guys, so much fun to read. To be honest, when the book was described as a "thriller", I had my doubts, but I ended up being very impressed.
Have you read this book? Do you like mystery reads? Have you also been reading some nice books? Tell me all about it in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you today!
From the girl who loves books and mystery and sometimes trains,