Book review: The Girl On The Train

It's been a while since I did a book review. Mainly because there wasn't any exciting read that intrigued me to drop everything and write a review straight away. I got to read Diary of Anne Frank & Adultery in June but after my first read of July, I knew I couldn't resist.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, a psychological thriller , also regarded as the new "Gone Girl". It revolves around few characters who are connected to the protagonist in one way or another. It involves crime, mystery and relationships gone wrong. I won't include any mega spoilers since it's sort of a new book & approximately in everyone's to-read list but I am going to write down all the fab stuff about it.

Prologue of the book:
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? 
One word for this book : UNPREDICTABLE. From the start till the end, the protagonist Rachel & her miserable drinking habits depressed me, I wanted to get inside of the book and shout at her face " Stop it right away, you're killing your social life along with everyone else's. A drink won't make you feel better. Stay sober" but of course, she wasn't supposed to understand.
The story revolves around disappearance & murder, domestic abuse and alcoholism. Rachel Watson who's alcoholic due to her tragic life events that led to fail her marriage with Tom Watson. His ex-husband's jealous wife Anna (yeah I really felt she was an overprotective nutcase) is always worried about her new born daughter's security, as Rachel tries to get back to Tom time after time and keep breaking in their house. When their next door neighbor Megan Hipwell goes missing, Rachel finds herself indulged in the case without any direct link. With a lot going on, each chapter reveals story of heart break, abuse, distrust and relationships.

I wasn't able to put it down, though I am usually sleeping in Ramadan days. I managed to squeeze it in my long boring  schedule. I hardly put it down because the story kept going on a fast pace. It wasn't really exciting at the start but it got better. At some points, you'd want to smash it to the wall because Rachel keeps doing things she shouldn't, like, unnecessary lying and I-should-help-it even when she doesn't need to. Also, some scenes seem stretched, too long without actually relating to story. Which bore me.

If I could break down the book in few words:
// Psycho characters //
// Strong story line //
// Too much drinking //
// Bit of swearing //
// Abnormality overloaded //
// Domestic abuse //
// Too many emotions //
// Fragile relations //
// Captivating writing style //
// Unpredictable //

I absolutely loved reading it. It's that kind of book I would spend my late afternoons on. I have quite a few more books on my reading list and I am hoping they would be fun to read.

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5. A Must read. (It would have been a 5 if it's wasn't long-stretched, TBH)

What are you reading these days?

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  1. This book sounds really interesting. I'm into thriller reads right now. Thanks for talking about this.

  2. I love your writing skills and book reviews,I don't understand gone girl ending but This book seems interesting though.

  3. I'll definitely check it out :)

    I love book recommendations!


  4. I love unpredictable! Best ever.

    Corinne x

  5. Thanks for the recommendation, I love psychological thrillers - I ordered a sample to my kindle reader. :) I love cursing and bad habits - it's a good way to analyze the minds of these individuals. :) Glad you enjoyed it and happy EID! Take Care Noor! -Iva

  6. How haven't I come across your blog before? It's great! :)

    - Bisma.

    ~ liberalslacker.blogspot.com

  7. woW Noor that's sounds interesting. Adding it to my reading list cos of 'UNPREDICTABLE' and I love thrillers. I like how you break it down in those words.


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