“There’s nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion”
Guys, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is probably the most talked about book this year, before the Cursed Child came out. However, now that the film has come out in cinemas, everyone is raving about it yet again!
I read this book for my mother in law because she’s quite a slow reader and didn’t want to get into a book she wouldn’t like. It took me a little bit of time to get into it, but once I got past the first few chapters and had established the main characters, I was hooked! Seriously it took me about 2-3 days to devour this novel, and when it was done I was still hungry for more.
The concept is so simple, something that all commuters must do in a daily basis- looking out of the window, into houses passing by, imagining what kind of lives the people inside them must lead… It’s such a simple idea, yet Paula Hawkins takes our innocent train musings and creates this psychological thriller of a novel. The plot twists and turns and leaves you reeling, it’s honestly one of the most intense books I have read in a long, long time.
It also brings up the issue of alcoholism, which the protagonist Rachel Watson struggles heavily with. It made me really empathise with anyone who also suffers with alcoholism, as Hawkins takes you into the mind of the alcoholic- that struggle to be independent of drink and the dark consequences of blacking out, losing memories, the suffocating uncertainties that come with the illness.
If you get a chance to see the film before reading the novel, I think it might help keep track of the plot as the chapters jump from different points of view as well as shifts in the timeline so it can be quite hard at times to keep focused on what is happening and when. I would consider it one of Emily Blunt’s best films, she throws herself into the role of Rachel Watson so wholeheartedly and delivers an amazing performance of the alcohol-dependent divorcee, especially considering she was pregnant whilst filming.
Lots of Love,
p.s sorry for the photos being the Spanish version of the book- I had both but seem to have lost the English one!!