We’ve reached the end of the second week in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge, and I’m persevering! I’m finding that taking the time out to read each day is not only a great way to relax, but also super fun.
I have a feeling I won’t be able to go a day without smashing out a few pages of a good book once this challenge is over!
This week’s book recommendation comes from the lovely Jess over at Je Suis Jessica, and it is…
(Have you guessed yet?)
The Girl on the Train
Pages per day: 45
The Girl on the Train is being compared to Gone Girl in regards to its thrilling, suspenseful plot and numerous twists and turns. It’s not hard to see why people make that comparison – both books leave you guessing right up until the very end. Paula Hawkins is very good at tapping in to how people perceive the world around them, and her writing is easy to read without ever being boring.
This story is told from the point of view of three different women at three different points in time, so there’s a lot of jumping back and forth. Don’t let this put you off, however – it really adds to the whole mystique of the story. The character around which this story is mostly focussed is Rachel, who is very much the unreliable narrator. We as readers spend the majority of the book watching her struggle to grasp what is reality and what is not, meaning we, in turn, find it hard to decipher what is really going on.
The thing I found the most interesting and exciting about The Girl on the Train is that the whole story is focussed around a major event, however it is an event in which no one actually knows what has happened. I love the guesswork of it all, and it’s easy to get sucked in to Rachel’s desperate attempts at unravelling her memories. The Girl on the Train springs on you numerous subtle plot twists, which is just enough to keep you guessing until right at the very end.
Another great thing is just how much your view of each character changes throughout the book. You think you know someone and then – bam! – something happens and your whole opinion of them is flipped upside-down. This makes the book really exciting, and Paula Hawkins does a great job of creating tension throughout the whole story.
The one thing I did struggle with in this book was the character of Rachel – I found her to be quite self-absorbed and a bit of a wannabe “hero”, which made me never quite warm to her until right at the very end. An unlikeable narrator does tend to detract from the quality of the storytelling, but I managed to overlook that and focus on the story itself. I found that I still enjoyed the book, and I didn’t have a problem with either of the other characters.
The Girl on the Train is an excellent book for anyone looking for an easy-to-read, exciting and thrilling story with plenty of mystery. You can grab it from Book Depository right here with free shipping worldwide – I really hope you enjoy it! Please let me know if you read this book, I’d love to hear your opinion. Don’t forget to head on over to Je Suis Jessica and say hi!
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Next week’s book is Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett. The review will be posted next Monday – stay tuned! If you’ve got any other suggestions for book for my challenge, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments below!
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