The Girl on the Train
Random House Doubleday (AU: 2nd January 2015; CA: 6th January 2015; UK: 15th January 2015); Penguin Riverhead (US: 13th January 2015)
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I decided that 2015 would be the year that I read what I want when I want, and not just read particular books because I feel like I “should”. It’s early in the year, and I’ve already strayed from my intention with various results. (Sorry, but I wasn’t interested enough to finish Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.) But I’m so glad I decided to try Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.
The comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl are inevitable: “Girl” in the title, unreliable narrator, crime from the POV of someone who’s NOT a professional investigator, “unlikeable” female lead character… But I warmed to The Girl on the Train much more. Often times I struggled with Rachel Watson due to her alcoholism, but she really does try to do the right thing, though often for the wrong reasons.
Paula Hawkins has crafted an intoxicating story with flawed-yet-familiar characters and page-turning twists. The Girl on the Train is an international best-seller for a reason: it’s bloody good, and should appeal to fans of Brit crime. An intriguing read that’s left me impatient for news about the author’s next novel.