Thursday, 16 April 2015

Wee Book Review: The Girl on the Train *spoiler free*

Hello lovelies!
Today I have another wee book review for you, I read this a while ago but seeing as it was such a popular title I decided to leave it a little bit before I posted the review. Also, I'm still working from posts I wrote beforehand while I get stuck into studying for my last ever exam! (YAY!)

Don't judge a book by it's cover... 

I love this cover, even if it does make my eyes go a bit wonky! I think it's the perfect cover for a thriller/suspense novel and a perfect example of a good cover. I tried my best to capture it in the picture so if it makes your eyes feel a bit funny then I've managed it! (also, please ignore the greasy paw much as I love these kinds of dust jackets they don't stay pretty for long!)

A little bit about it...

This follows the story of Rachel who is a bit down on her luck. Rachel becomes obsessed with a house in her old street and its inhabitants. This is made more interesting by the fact the Rachel only catches a glimpse of the house on her daily train journey. After a mysterious turn of circumstances the fate of Rachel and those she watches become entertwined in a way she never imagined. 
What I disliked...

Not a lot! I did find the story slightly predictable but it still had me second guessing myself until the very end! I also did find the story a smidge unbelievable at times, but when you think about the plot sometimes you do hear a really unbelievable story like it in the news and you think "I can't believe that happened the way it did".

What I liked...

I really enjoyed Hawkins style of writing, especially when you consider this is her debut novel. I found the book fast paced and really difficult to put down. The story is also told from multiple perspectives which I enjoy, especially when it's done right, which in this book it is. There is also a huge focus on the female characters in this book, which makes a change! I don't think the characters are written particularly positively which I know some reviewers have a problem with, but I do feel like there's some sense of reality which I think is important. 
If you will like this... 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good suspense/thriller novel. This book has drawn similarities to Gone Girl, but I think it's more the style of writing that's similar, however I do think if you enjoy Gillian Flynn's style of writing you will enjoy this. I also think you might enjoy it if you enjoyed Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson, interestingly it has a quote from Watson on the cover! (Ps. I loved that too)

On Goodreads I awarded this...
A 4 out of 5 stars, the only thing that stopped this be a 5 star read for me was the slight predictability of the plot.

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins is currently £5.99 on amazon (which is pretty good for a hardback!)

Have you read The Girl on the Train? What did you think, did you think it was similar to Gone Girl? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. It sounds really good. I'm going to add it to my never-ending book wishlist. xx

  2. This is a book I really want to read I just have to plough through the books I already have on my shelf that I haven't yet read