The Girl on the Train

Follow my adventure!
by Paula Hawkins | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1594634025 Global Overview for this book
Registered by TheSlowReader of Boston, Massachusetts USA on 8/30/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by TheSlowReader from Boston, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, August 30, 2018
I read this book a couple years ago and I'm not exactly sure where the copy I read ended up. However, my boyfriend’s Aunt gave this copy to me to get out into the wild for someone else to enjoy! Anyways, I thought the book was a GREAT thriller! It was a “couldn't put it down” book for me! Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did!

P.S. Hope you liked the picture on the bookplate of beautiful Boston. I took it while on a harbor cruise a few years back!

Journal Entry 2 by TheSlowReader at Little Free Library, Buckthorn St. in Londonderry, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Released 6 mos ago (9/9/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, Buckthorn St. in Londonderry, New Hampshire USA

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Left in this great LFL!

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, September 16, 2018
I was delighted to find this BC-copy hardcover in the LFL when I stopped by to drop off some books today! (And the bookplate photo from Boston Harbor is gorgeous!)

Later: I enjoyed the book very much, from the multiple-viewpoint/asynchronous-time-stream format to the gradually-unfolding secrets in the lives and relationships of the main characters. (I did work out whodunnit somewhat before the book's characters did, but then I didn't have their distractions {wry grin}.)

I didn't like Rachel much in the early chapters - it's hard to sympathize with someone who seems to be going out of her way to cause trouble for herself and others, even though it was clear there must be a reason for her behavior - but I did find it fascinating to see the world through her eyes, and I thought the author did a good job of putting the reader into her very uncomfortable shoes. And Megan, who clearly had her own issues, was also rather difficult to like - possibly even more so than Rachel. By the time Anna's viewpoint chimed in, it was almost refreshing to hear from someone who seemed so happy... so of course the revelations in her part of the story were even more distressing than for the other two.

I was somewhat amused to see the psychiatrist's influence in the story; all too often, suspense stories use the trope There Are No Therapists (or at least no effective ones) to ensure that the troubled individuals cause lots of drama instead of getting help. Here, we see how therapy might be very helpful indeed - and yet the drama ensues anyway (therapists aren't perfect, eh?).

There were lots of little things that added to the story, from the way the houses along the street were identical in layout to the treatment of laptops and cell phones as tools, as weapons, and as clues. There were scenes that made me wish Alfred Hitchcock was still around; what a movie he could make of this!

In some ways I admit that I found the writing a bit forced; while Rachel's compulsions and emotional problems might excuse some of the decisions she made, others were so far out there that the author's puppet-strings seemed visible. But I'm generally willing to forgive a little manipulation when the characters and story are pulling me along, and I did enjoy this story.

[There's a TV Tropes page on the book, and on its 2016 film adaptation, with some entertaining tidbits.]

Journal Entry 4 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Highland Circle in Wayland, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Released 6 mos ago (9/19/2018 UTC) at Little Free Library, Highland Circle in Wayland, Massachusetts USA

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I left this book in the Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2018 Keep Them Moving release challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2018 Movie release challenge. ***

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