The Girl On The Train Review

The Girl On The Train

I’ve been after The Girl On The Train for ages now but with uni work, I rarely get the chance to read (probably my least favourite part of university – I don’t get the chance to sit down with a good book and read it cover to cover). Luckily, I’d been banging on about it enough for my boyfriend to buy it for me for Christmas. And I could not put it down.

After really enjoying Gone Girl (apart from a few complaints) and the Millennium Trilogy, I realised that I love thrillers. And this book was no exception. Rachel is an alcoholic, divorcee who cannot get a couple out of her head after seeing them from her seat on the train every day of her morning commute. Unfortunately for a number of the characters, the female counterpart of the couple goes missing and she makes it her mission to help solve the crime, especially as she might be involved in it somehow. She’s insane, but she actually makes a great protagonist. You want to hate her for a lot of reasons, but she’s got a lot of wonderful qualities so you can’t help but love her.

Told in the same diary entry form as Gone Girl, you get to read about the twisted pasts of the three women involved in the disappearance. I loved all the twists and turns and the shock at the end of every chapter (so much that it ended up in my December Favourites). Nothing is like it seems in this book.

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The only thing I’m disappointed about is that they’re making this into a film. It isn’t the film that’s the issue really because I’d love to see it, but the fact that they’re taking the setting from quaint Oxfordshire to New York City. It just seems a bizarre choice and this is the sort of crime that would only happen in a little town like the book is set in. I also think Emily Blunt is a ridiculous choice as Rachel as Rachel is supposed to be slightly overweight and hasn’t got the best looks, but Emily Blunt is absolutely stunning. To me, Rachel is more of a typical Bridget Jones looking character.

Now I’m off to buy a s**t-ton of thrillers from Amazon, ignore my uni work and probably fail the year. But at least I’ll be happy surrounded by books!

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  • Becky

    Lovely review, I have to agree with you on a lot of this! I love thrillers and found this book similar to gone girl, the twists and surprises kept me on edge! I am very excited to see the film, shame about the character for Rachel though! X
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

  • I love this book! 😀 Would post a review soon hahah sometimes I find it too muchh similar to Gone Girl.. but cant wait for the movie with Emily Blunt ( I love her hahah) WE are book bloggers too! And would mean the world to us if you can follow back 😀 <3 Looking forward to your future reviews! – Trang

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  • I couldn’t put this books down when I started reading it for The Olive Fox book club. I loved it all the way to the last two chapters, but certain themes became too real for me & I had a little PTSD relaps. Xx

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