|The Girl on the Train|
Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publication Date: 1/13/15
How I Found It: Everyone is talking about it...
Date Completed: 7/15/15
Summary: As she looks out the train window every morning and evening on her commute, Rachel gazes into the lives of strangers living on her old street. When the wife of this seemingly happy couple goes missing, Rachel involves herself in the case and quickly ends up in over her head.
What I Thought: Everyone has been talking about this book since its release in January. I have seen quite a few readers and promoters compare it to Gone Girl, a comparison I think is more about success by affiliation than many actual parallels between the novels. Sure, there are a few general connections - a woman goes missing, marriages that seem fine are actually quite unhappy - but, beyond those, the similarities stop. They are simply both popular thrillers written by women.
Maybe it is just that I did not enjoy this book anywhere close to the level I have enjoyed Gillian Flynn's work in the past. This one was fine, but nothing outstandingly special if you ask me. I know this is not typically my genre of choice, so maybe that accounts for part of my ambivalence as well. I just do not normally get excited over thrillers in the same way many people do. So often, they sacrifice good writing and good character development for cheap thrills.
Hawkins does have some good characters, despite their single-dimensionality. I enjoyed how the lives of her characters intertwined in unexpected ways. I also enjoyed that Hawkins kept things moving. Once the investigation began, it did not really slow down until the end. I was even relatively surprised by the twist ending. I saw it coming a few chapters in advance, but not from the very start, so that's a good sign for a thriller.
Overall, I feel mediocre about this one. Perhaps the hype surrounding it was too much and, therefore, my expectations were too high before I even began. Regardless, I could not find the irresistible allure that so many have found here in recent months. It's a good book, but not a great one in my opinion.
Will I Re-Read: Nope
A Reduced Review: The book that everyone is talking about this year just didn't really do it for me.