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[ Review ] The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins was a good read. Although it’s being compared to another book at the moment (ahem – Gone Girl), I thought that this one was unique. The story is told from the perspective of 3 different women; one alcoholic ex-wife, one currently married woman, and one victim. The timeline jumps around a bit because the victim has to tell her side of the story at the same time the other two are trying to move forward in their lives, so there were a few times I had to go back and look to see what time I was supposed to be in. The characters were complex and not all likable.

It was nice to read a story where the victim isn’t always sweet and innocent. The story moved at a good pace as the point of view changed and each chapter was broken up into morning and evening. I liked that a lot as it allowed the author to skip the more mundane aspects of each character’s life and cut right to the action. I thought that the book was a fast read and definitely one to pick up if you are into a modern-day thriller.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Random House
Paperback, $24.95

Jennifer is a bibliophile living in the ‘burbs, but remains a city girl at heart.  When her nose isn’t in a book she is crocheting up a storm. Oh, and one time a Starbucks barista invited her to their wedding solely based on the fact she goes every morning for a decaf mocha. So, there’s that.

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