Okay, so let me start off by saying, I AM SHOOK. Also in this into I must give kudos to Paula Hawkins I would be lying if I said after each of my reading sessions I wasn’t the slightest bit afraid or paranoid at night. The Girl On The Train (TGOTT)was such an incredibly well written book and I am happy that I picked it to join my other children on the shelf.
When I initially purchased TGOTT, it was primarily because of what I had read about its similarities to Gone Girlby Gillian Flynn. If we have ever had a conversation around books, you know how much I loooooved Gone Girl- the book, not the movie (yuck), so I thought “hey why not?”.
Upon the commencement of reading this book, I must admit, I experienced hectic nostalgia back to when I was reading Gone Girl (GG) back in 2015 and I was slightly disappointed because as I went through the book I could very easily pick up where the storyline was going and predict how sections of the book would turn out. However, although similar (from a storyline perspective) it was absolutely NOTHING like GG. GG was an introduction to how twisted relationships/ humanity can get, then TGOTT just took the baton and rode that narrative all the way to psycho thriller land.
Paula’s writing, if I can compare it to food, is like a macaroon from Laduree ; light and delicate, on your palate but full of flavor. It’s nothing like what you have ever experienced before and it leaves you wanting more after the first bite. I was gasping, experiencing chest pains, getting disappointed at character’s stupid decisions, everything! I. FELT. IT. ALL and I was so impressed by these feels.
Personally, I think some authors fail to provide the correct level of detail a reader need for suspense and they also fail to deliver the plot twists at the right time and in the right way and boy does Paula Hawkins deliver! She is so descriptive that I could even go out and direct the movie for TGOTT (I am so afraid to watch the movie, I know already that it will be a let down). Reading this book took me back to the days when I used to be obsessed (trust me, what you see on my Instagram page is nothing compared to how I used to be) with Kathy Reichs novels. Yes, I know I say every book is a page turner, (even though its because I choose to read really good books, HOWEVER, this one was beautiful. Simply beautiful.
Highlights: The ending (Just before “the end”), when Rachel, Anna and Tom have a young reunion. I LOVED THE ENDING…I will leave it there.
Lowlights: Hmmm,not many, I wish Scott featured more after he lost his marbles and also I wish the transition to my highlight could have been written better, it felt a bit knee- jerky, especially after Anna and Rachel’s history. I found Anna was too calm for my liking when she saw Rachel at her doorstep. It almost seemed unreal/ unnatural because I know for a fact that is not how a human being would behave- but these characters are psyco, so hey, maybe it works haha!
Would I recommend this book: YAAAS! It won’t take a crime thriller enthusiast to love this book.
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