Antony's Library #9 - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Started Reading: 30th August 2016

Finished Reading: 28th September 2016

Number of Pages: 336

Published: January 2015

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This review may contain spoilers. You have been warned!

This is yet another book that I started to read before finding out that a film was about to come out. I recall seeing posters for this book earlier this year and after seeing someone reading it on holiday, I decided to give it a go myself.

It is described as a psychological thriller, a genre that I have had mixed experiences with: Follow You Home was highly enjoyable whereas The Teacher was a psychological mess. I knew from the reviews that this one would not be on the "The Teacher" end of the spectrum.

To sum up, I really really enjoyed this book! A lot of people compare it to "Gone Girl", but I have never read that so I don't know. If it is anything like Gone Girl, I will definitely give that a read.

This book is not just a psychological thriller, it is a murder mystery. The whole plot revolves around the strange murder of a young wife and a woman trying to figure out what happened. There are multiple characters in the frame so it really feels like a "whodunnit" book.

The plot goes from multiple points of views, including that of the victim, filling in the blanks slowly but leaves you trying to guess what happened. It was a real page turner as I really wanted to find out all the answers.

There are many red herrings (literally, there was a guy with red hair!) and the final twist was one that I didn't see coming.

Another thing I liked was how it dealt with the alcoholism of Rachel (the main character). The way it was written in her point of view meant that we, as the reader, experienced the same foggy memories and huge absences of memories.

Overall, I loved this book. I was gripped from start to finish, I cared about the characters and I loved the twist at the end.

Next Time

Invasion by Luke Rhinehart. An alien invasion story with a fun twist.

By the way, I am aware the last 3 posts have been these book "reviews", but I promise, I have some tech related posts on the way as I will try and become more consistent with the blog.


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