Saturday, May 16
Book Review: Girl on the Trian
Author: Paula Hawkins
Summary: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses. The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared. Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan's body is found, Rachel finds the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: The book started off slow for me, and while it did pick up and ended up being an okay read for me, it wasn't what I was expecting.
The first half of the book was something I felt I had to slog through. Not a lot happened, and while it was a good time to set up the characters and story, I felt it the author took too long to do this, and it caused me to dislike all three of the narrators. Rachel especially was a character that was hard to like and read about. She was a mess throughout the book, and I never could understand her or some of her actions. While there were some issues she had, I found it hard to be sympathetic towards her with her drinking problems. There was some good development with her by the end, but even by then she wasn't a likeable character for me. I think she was well written as an unreliable character - actually it's safe to say all the women (and narrators) in the book were not the most likeable but were incredibly well written as unreliable characters. It made for a fun read because of the three character and never knowing who to trust.
I did like the ending, although it was somewhat predictable, I think the author did a good job with it. While the book wasn't the read non-stop start to finish, it was still a good book, it just wasn't the type of thriller I was expecting.
Would I recommend it to read: I think I would. It wasn't what I expected, slower than other thrillers out there, but a fairly good book over all, if you enjoy the genre, you'd likely enjoy the book - but it didn't live up to the hype.
What to read next: Gone Girl
Challenges: 100+ Book Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, Cloak and Dagger Challenge, New Book Challenge