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July 29: The Girl on the Train
I’m trying to read a book (or two) per week while I’m resting my foot at home this summer. The Girl on the Train has been the latest read and just like you would expect of a best seller, it’s a GOOD book! Sometime it reminded me of Gone Girl – predominantly because the story is full of anti-heros and because it revolves around a missing person.
There is enough suspense and the book moves at a decent pace which allows you to look past the overwhelming amounts of “what the hell are you doing” moments from the protagonist. With so many secrets being harbored by all the major characters, the reader is always on the fence about “who did it” which always makes for good writing. However, about 3/4 through the book, I had a hunch on who the culprit was, and when proven correct, I was pretty disappointed. I don’t think the disappointment had more to do with why than who. My initial feeling about the ending was that it was sort of a let down – but bear in mind, I also felt the same way about Gone Girl’s ending.
I wanted to wait a few days after having completed the book to write this post, to see if time would have an impact on how I felt about this book as a whole, and I will say, it has. It has allowed me to really think about the psychosis of these characters and why they did the things they did. I feel neither sympathy nor empathy towards them, but a sense of vague acknowledgement that people like this DO exist is something I am coming to terms with.
Not sure if the book is really meant to be one of deep thinking, so before I start overthinking the characters, I’ve moved onto another book. I will leave you with this, if you are looking for an entertaining, quick summer read, you can’t go wrong with The Girl on the Train.
In the meantime, happy reading!
Have you read The Girl on the Train? What did you think of it?