Book review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I wanted to read this novel because it was, as the cover indicated, a No. 1 Bestseller, and the movie was about to be released.

Though it was a good read, it was not one that I felt was worth the hype.

Without giving any spoilers, I will say the main “mystery” was not hard to solve early, and the getting there did not completely make up for knowing whodunit. In addition, I did not create a strong emotional connection to any of the characters.

Part of the reason for those gripes is the use of what is becoming a common plot device: a narrator who is unreliable because she (more often than not) is constantly drunk. It’s an easy way to make a narrator unreliable. Too easy, in fact. And because they were able to write a bestseller, I doubt any of the authors have been or currently are addicted to alcohol. I know at least two people who are. They are functioning, and could also have solved this mystery before the protagonist.

Having said all of that, I did enjoy reading the novel. It was well-written, and I enjoyed much of the give-and-take between characters.

Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone who was looking for an easy read and did not have another bestselling suspense novel burning a hole through the bottom of their bookshelf.

But please don’t go into it expecting to read one of the best books of the year like I did.

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