Title: The Girl On The Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Blurb: Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens.
She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watch from afar.
Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
Non-spoilers thoughts: Even if a murder mystery book isn’t your kind of book, I would definitely go and give it a read. I didn’t think murder mystery was my genre either, and it isn’t, but I really enjoyed reading it anyway, so go branch out and give it a try!
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Thoughts: Okay, so I’m not very good at this whole review thing, so I’m just going to write a splurge of thoughts here. First of all, I liked the film. Just putting this out there: I saw the film before I read the book, which is something I never normally do. Normally I make myself read the book first because I hate having the film spoil it for me, especially as the book is normally better than the film. However, this time it was different. I never even considered reading the book before I was invited by a friend to go and see the film, as murder mystery isn’t the genre I normally read (and I really don’t like trying new things). But then I was invited to see it and I decided to go and then I wanted to read the book. But of course as the film had just come out, everyone wanted the book, so it was booked out in every library close to me so I had no chance of getting it before I went to see the film. So I saw the film first.
So, the film was very good. I loved the plot, especially (now major spoilers are coming) the fact that it was Tom all along who was playing them all and had been for years. That was a twist and a half, amirite? Or am I just really stupid and did everyone else work that out really close to the start? The flashbacks in the film confused me slightly at times as they said when the flashback began but not when it ended, which resulted in me leaning over to Alice halfway through and asking a very obvious question because I didn’t realise we were back in the present. But other than that and the fact that it was rather gory at the end (when Rachel and Anna killed Tom) I thought it was great! The suspense was kept all the way through and it kept you wondering (well, for me it did, for those who had read the book already it probably hadn’t).
So now for the book. I managed to get my hands on a copy a few days after seeing the film (I actually had the opportunity to get it the night before I saw it but as it was school the next day I’d only have time to read a bit and I didn’t want to start it then have the end ruined by the film so I opted not to) and began to read it immediately, decided to stop mid-way through the other book I was reading and read this one instead. Now, because I tend to procrastinate a lot, I’m actually only writing this review a loooooong time after finishing the book so I can’t remember much of what I wanted to say. I remember I did want to say this though: I liked the way how there were hints all the way through as to what was going to happen at the end. Because I went to see the film before reading the book I new the ending and so I was able to pick up on all these subtle hints about the end and it actually made me enjoy it a little bit more than I think I would have had I read the book first.
So, that’s my review done! Please leave a comment below with your opinion on the book/film if you have read/seen it!