Friday, March 6, 2015

The Girl on The Train

This is the overview from Barnes and Noble:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

I love thrillers! The book started out a bit slow. At first I had a hard time following what story belonged to what girl. The story is told from the viewpoint of 3 women: Anna, Rachel, and Megan. I felt the characters were well-developed (it took me some time to see this) and I found that even though they were all pitiful, in one way or another, I still liked them. I figured out the ending before the end of the book but that didn't stop me from liking it. And it's one of those that I just couldn't seem to put down. So a lot didn't get done at my house this week.

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  1. I just finished listening to The Girl on the Train also. It was a little harder to keep dates and such straight with the audio version. But once I realized that I had to pay more attention to those details, it made more sense. It was suspenseful. Although I had empathy for them, due to the circumstances that made them who they were, I didn’t develop an affinity for any of the characters.
    I’d give it a thumbs up, though and have recommended it.

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    1. I can only imagine how hard it was to follow when listening! I recommend it too!

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  2. I just finished listening to this book on Audible and I enjoyed it, but ... I began to lose empathy for the main character about the middle of the book. I felt her behavior became almost self destructive with her inability to pull back from the situation and stay removed. I felt she had a choice over and over again to turn away and focus on improving her own sorry situation, but she made the wrong choice every single time. By the end of the book I thought she was just a stupid person. Harsh assessment I know. I did finish the book, however, sort of like a "train wreck" that you can't take your eyes off of.

    I will say there are people just like this main character in real life ... Ha! I don't have patience for them either. Guess I am just hard hearted!! :-)

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    1. I totally agree with you Elaine. But I think there are times that I have been a bit like each of them so maybe that is why, even with their faults, I liked them. Good to see you again

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    2. Thanks Paula. I am slowly emerging from what I think must have been an unconcious hibernation. Mom died at Christmas - the beginning of winter and even though I thought I was handling things pretty well, I think my body was "taking a break" ... sort of without my permission. Ha!

      Anyway, I am returning to the blog world again and I read in another post of yours - Letters to Richard - you are having days of recovery as well from your loss. Those days of good memories will continue. I have a similar reaction to mom's passing - sorrow and tears erupt out of no where without warning. But most days I am just glad she is no longer in pain and struggling. I think my grieving was different from yours. I grieved all mom's losses and illness over 8 years. It was a very long goodbye. Now I just miss her face. I don't mourn her. But I do relate to the "just one more day" desire - only I would want that day to be a time when she was well and strong.

      See you around.

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    3. I am so sorry about your mom. I know how hard it is. I think I am dealing as well as I can. It is hard!!

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  3. I have never heard of this book and here are 3 of you that have already read it.

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  4. Thanks for the review, Paula. I had heard a similar review of someone a few months ago who said it was a book she couldn't put down. I'll have to watch for it!

    betty

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  5. We're headed to the library later today ... I'm going to look for this!
    Thanks for the caveat - re. figuring out the ending. I love thrillers, as well - but I'm invariably disappointed if the reveal comes too easily. Have you read any of David Baldacci's stuff? Try as I might, he's always managed to pull the wool over my eyes!

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    1. I'll have to look into his books. I like to be blown away too!

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  6. I'm a dissenter - LOL! This book started out really strong for me, but then, it just crashed and burned. I lost interest for some reason... Read the ending and called it done!

    Linda in VA

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    1. I have books strike me that way too Linda

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  7. Haven't read that one. If I get around to it, I shall tell you what I thought.

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  8. You do such a good job of writing about books you read! as for whatever didn't done around your house this week, I suspect it is stuff that comes around again whether you do them or skip them to read. At least that's my excusr for knitting.

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    1. Thank you Gram. I suspect you are right about the stuff around the house. It will wait on me!!

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    2. I thought I would try The Girl on the Train from the 3M Cloud Library, but there is awaiting time of 114 days, so . . . I tried the Grisham book you wrote about last week and just downloaded it! I have the windows open for a few minutes to get the winter out and some fresh air in while I hunker down for the evening to read.

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    3. Happy reading. Let me know what you think

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