‘Girl On The Train’, by Paula Hawkins

“Number 15 is much like the other houses along this stretch of track: a Victorian semi, two stories high, overlooking a narrow, well tended garden that runs around twenty feet down towards some fencing, beyond which lie a few meters of no man’s land before you get to the railway track.  I know this house by heart.  I know every brick, I know the color of the curtains in the upstairs bedroom (beige, with dark blue print), I know that the paint is peeling off the bathroom window frame and that there are four tiles missing from a section of the roof over on the right hand side.”

‘Girl On The Train’, by Paula Hawkins is about Rachel, a woman reeling from the recent loss of a life she loved.  She takes a commuter train each morning and evening passing by a quaint neighborhood noticing the daily habits of one couple.  Before long, she feels like she almost knows them, until one day something changes, and Rachel becomes involved in a mystery that could destroy her.

‘Girl On The Train’ is one of those books that took me a bit to get into, but once I did, I was hooked.  I initially didn’t like that the narrator changed from chapter to chapter, but it ultimately added depth and interest.  The plot evolves in such a way that it is like slowly emerging from a dense fog.  Rachel is so well written, I had a hard time dislodging from the main character after I finished the book.  Each character is introduced and told from their own point of view making the reader look at the same story from multiple dimensions.  There are twists and turns keeping readers guessing as to what’s around the corner.

Overall Thoughts?: A great weekend read, and worth the investment in time.  I liked the pace of the plot which was steady and methodical.  I love a fast paced book, but this book unfolded at a pace that matched Rachel’s understanding of the situation unfolding around her.  The characters were at times frustrating, annoying, pitiful, endearing, and downright unstable, but they were very different offering shifts in the perspective and energy of the book.

Recommended Readers?: Readers who appreciate character development and slower paced plot development.  It doesn’t read like a thriller, but definitely offers a psychological edginess that is effective and subversive, making the book take on an eerie quality that stuck with me for days.

Rating?: A thumbs up.

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