Review of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

4 star

What if wh22557272ile people watching everyday you made up a fictitious story abo
ut someone you saw everyday only to find out that the true story is way more complex, dangerous and scary then you could ever imagine?

The Girl on the Train is about an alcoholic woman, Rachel, who rides the train everyday as she lies to her roommate about going to work.  Rachel’s drinking has resulted in the loss of her job.  While on the train daily, Rachel starts to create a fictitious story about a couple she sees from the train each day.  One day, Rachel sees something very suspicious from the train at this house.  Rachel slowly uncovers a page turning, complicated true story surrounding this couple.  Paths will cross and people’s lives will forever be changed by the choices from one unlikable character to the next.

About two-thirds of the way through the book, I thought I had the mystery solved.  Boy was I wrong!   Hawkins wrote a beautifully layered story that the further into the book I read, the harder it was to put the book down.  The characters were wonderfully complex and extremely flawed which added to the mystery of what was truly going on and who was responsible.  The Girl on the Train is full of suspense and action, but it also had heart.  Although all of the characters were extremely flawed and overall unlikable,  at times, I could feel empathy for some of the characters as they struggled through some very tough times.  I usually don’t care for books that only contain flawed and unlikable characters, but I couldn’t put this book down and I enjoyed the read.

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