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Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Challenge - Book #3 - The Girl On The Train

Book #3.  Read this one in one day!

Today I am going to review: The Girl On The Train

It is under the category: A New York Times Bestseller

This is the story of a woman named Rachel who rides a train in London to and from work everyday.  Same train every day back and forth to work.  There is a stop on the train line where she can see a house where a young couple lives.  Just about every day she sees this couple - being loving to each other, and wonders what their lives are like.  She has nicknamed them Jason and Jess and has given them fantasy lives.

The truth still comes out about Rachel - she is an alcoholic who was divorced 2 years ago and has been floundering ever since.  She has lost her job, lives with a roomate, and has no direction in her life.  Then one day, "Jess" disappears, and Rachel makes it her mission to find out what happens to her.

I have been anxious to see the movie, so I thought I would read it first.  I have to admit that I am not sure what the hype was all about.  55,000 reviews on Amazon....I have never seen that number before!  So I thought this must be a fantastic book.  The writing wasn't great.  Positives were that she didn't really bog down with stuff you didn't need, she stuck to the point.  But I didn't like any of the characters.  Rachel was annoying.  Her roommate wishy washy.  "Jason and Jess" end up being pretty terrible people.  Jess has chronically cheated on her husband who emotionally and physically abuses her.  Hard to care about her when she disappears like the author wants you to.  The main characters lament about men constantly.  They don't have anything else in their lives - no jobs, no friends, no hobbies.  They are one dimensional characters that don't pull at your heart strings.

So....I don't know.  IT is a quick read.  Maybe something for the beach?  If you are looking for fluff, this is definitely something that would fit that bill.

Stars: 2 1/2

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, I remember reading this for the story with the interesting twists, but as I read it I couldn't get over the fact that every single character was despicable. There was really nobody to like in the book.