The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

I've had this book on my kindle since it first came out but never clicked on to read it. It wasn't until the film came out in cinemas, surrounded by the buzz I took the time to find out what all the fuss was about. It didn't take me long because let's face it this book is good. Really good. I read it within 2 days, I couldn't put it down, if I could ignore everything else I would have devoured this within a day. I was gripped by the characters, their stories and how the chapters ended on a cliff hanger leaving me desperate to carry on.

This is a thriller book, a good old who dunnit, with 3 main characters who lead their own chapters; their own stories and they all intertwine throughout the story. The book centres on Rachel (the girl on the train) whose life is a mess and whilst travelling on the train becomes involved in another couples life without quite meaning to. There's also her alcoholism, her blackouts, her ex husband, his new wife and the complex issues of the girl who goes missing. You can sympathise with all 3 of the main characters and dislike them at the same time. The author tackles such horrible issues and environments so sensitively and effectively.

I'll be honest I didn't see the twist coming. I was suspicious of most of the characters throughout. A lot would say it's obvious or that they saw it a mile away but I was engrossed in the characters, their problems and the changing dates. If you're going to read this pay attention to the dates, especially near the beginning, their essential for keeping track of everyone's story. This was a clever trick by the author to keep you hooked. 

I've not had a chance to watch the film yet but I can't wait. Is it a case of 'the book's better?'
If you've not read The Girl on the Train yet it's a must. A real page turner.

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