I have recently read this book, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t owned this little title for a while now. I bought this book when it became the big phenomenon that The Girl On a Train had become, with the intention of reading it straight away to discover what the big fuss was all about, but as usual, I got a little distracted, probably by a different book. Now how to explain this book without giving away too many spoilers, because I personal hate it when that happens, so I wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone else.
This book is told between three women’s perspective; Rachel, Anna and Megan. Rachel rides the train everyday, or every weekday, with every other commuter who is going back and fore to work and back. She loves the train. She knows everything about it. Every stop, every signal. Every house it passes, the people in those houses. At least the lives she makes up for those people in her head. She always sees her favourite couple, Jess and Jason, although that’s not their real names of course. She fantasies about their perfect relationship, their perfect lives. That is until one day she sees “Jess” kissing someone who isn’t “Jason” and she get’s angry. But, Rachel has a secrets too. One of those secrets is that Rachel is an alcoholic who sometimes blacks out. And when she blackouts this time, “Jess” a.k.a Megan is missing, and Rachel has woken up at home in bed hurt and covered in blood, with no idea what’s happened.
I will start off by saying that I was really disappointed and massively let down with this book. Why was there such a big hype with this book? I don’t even think it has anything to do with the anticipation and build up of wanting to read it and then finally doing so after so much time, that it was all just a massive let down. I just personally think that it wasn’t as good as what it could have been. There was definitely a story there with the potential for it be great, but the way it was written and executed, I think was poorly managed and executed. The way that it was setup and organized, Morning and Evening, was a good idea when it came to Rachels’ character because of the train and how she spent majority of her days on the train, but I don’t think this needed to be carried on indefinitely. Those two are not the only times of the day.
I couldn’t really connect to any of the characters, and they irritated me every time they did something stupid and that just pushed you further away from them. Then you have Anna, who I think I disliked the most out of them all. Even when it came to the other character’s, such as Tom and Scott. I will admit that I did guess the ending. It wasn’t to difficult to work it out as it was all PLAINLY laid out in front of you. I actually said to myself very early on that it couldn’t be that simple or easy, but yepp.
I think why I’m so frustrated when it comes to this book, is because the story is there for it to have been so great. The whole idea of it and the story is, without a doubt my favourite part, but you have to forgive, or rather I have to forgive some major parts to accept that, such as the writing. For a book to have had such a massive hype that this book has had, I honestly did expect it to be at least a little bit better than what I read with at least some kind of plot and ending.
I wouldn’t recommend this book, purely on the fact of how disappointed I was when I finished it, plus the fact that I would NOT re-read this book again. But if you are going to read this book, please go into it not expecting great things, at least that way, it may turn out a little better than expected. the only reason I finished reading it was because I try not DNF books and because I thought there had to be some shock ending. Don’t expect that.