The Girl On The Train

Rating: 3 Stars.

The Girl on The Train was poorly written, in my opinion. The chapters bounce between the perspectives of Rachel, Anna (Once mistress, now wife of Rachel’s ex husband Tom) Tom (Rachel’s ex husband) Megan and Scott (The couple whom Rachel becomes obsessed with once she began to watch them from the window of the train she takes every day into London). Throughout Rachel’s perspective, she’s consistently drunk, depressed, and unfortunately predictable. I looked forward to the portions of the book that was told through the perspectives of Megan and Anna. Rachel came off to me as someone who’s lost their mind, which depending on the circumstance is fine. In this novel, I wasn’t sure I’d appreciated it.

Rachel is a drunk who’d moved away from the house she once shared with her ex-husband two years prior, to which his new wife/ex mistress winded up moving into as soon as the opportunity risen. She now lives with her roommate Cathy, whom I probably I like more then any other character in the book despite her lack of presence throughout the story. She cares for Rachel and wishes that she’d change but of course, Rachel is as much a procrastinator as she is a drunk . Consistently blacking out, never remembering what’s happened the night after she makes a fool of herself. She obsesses over Megan and Scott, whom she gives names to before discovering their real identities and becomes infatuated. She’s been out of work for months (makes no progress in getting one, instead, she blows all her money on her local pub and liquor store). Constantly calls and e-mails the man who left her for his mistress and pushes to no avail. A plot twist awaits you at the end of the book but it doesn’t become¬†interesting until you’ve gotten halfway through.

I bought this book on Google PlayBooks. IThe idea came to me to get an e-book when everyone around me was reading off their devices and I was left with nothing because I’d left my book at home.¬†I’m a¬†paperback kind-of-gal but it didn’t seem so bad once I tried it out. I still prefer the real thing in my hands though. Anyways, back to the point. I’m going to warn you now, ***SPOILER ALERT*** -So, I guess I’d say that the ending had me. It’s one of the main reasons why I’d given stars to begin with. I was psyched to discover that it was Tom who’d killed Megan. Hawkins hadn’t given any clues whatsoever in the beginning that it was Tom. I only figured it out later on, when Anna was going through her phone and seen that they were meeting back in September which I ended up just piecing together.

The fact that Rachel killed Tom? Brilliant. I¬†hadn’t seen that coming for miles. I had it in my head that Detective Gaskill was going to jam through the door and save the day after Anna made a call, but I was dead wrong. I appreciate it when I’m wrong. That was the least predictable event, and before I forget, I’d like to mention one more name.


What happens to him? I mean, that’s just another cliff hanger among others. He slept with Rachel, which was due to him being out of his wits. He finds out about Rachel’s lies and he thinks she was against him which, in a very creepy way, she was always on his side even before she’d met him. I was expecting him to answer her e-mails at the end, but that didn’t happen. If Hawkins somehow wakes up and decides to write a sequel, I want to see Rachel better, and not a depressed psycho that we’ve all come to know. I only got as far as I did because I would read it on my train rides, and if it hadn’t picked up, chances are I would not have continued.

Story: *****

Writing: **

Would I recommend to a friend?: Yes (Only cause’ of the plot twist).

Would I read it again?: No.

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