The Girl on the Train

girl on the train book

I love reading, but I haven’t made much time for it this year so I haven’t finished that many books. But I started and finished The Girl on the Train in less than a week! My mom told me to read this book months ago so I added myself to the waitlist at my local library. But since I was #1054092384093284 in line, I didn’t have much hope of getting the book anytime soon. But as luck would have it, my sister visited about two months ago and gave me her copy! Yay, I love free books!

However, I still didn’t start this book right away (remember when I said I haven’t made much time for reading?). I brought it to work with me every day for a few weeks, intending to read it during lunch, but I never cracked it open. I thought it might take me awhile to get into the book, or it would be a slow read, or some excuse-ridden nonsense like that. One day at lunch I finally opened it, and was instantly sucked into the story.

I got absorbed into the book in the best way. Soon my lunch hour was up, but I kept saying to myself, “one more page” …I think I took an hour and a half lunch that day (shhh…).  For the next few days, I read this every chance I got until I finished.

So what made this book so captivating? It’s a mystery/thriller type book that kept me guessing the whole time.  There were a bunch of twists and turns, but they didn’t feel gimmicky. It felt natural and organic because she created characters that felt pretty sketchy from the beginning. They all had some eyebrow-raising pasts, which made you question each of them at various points during the story.

Lastly, my favorite part about this book was how it was written. It jumps forwards and backwards in time, leaving you with gaps in the narrative so that you need to read more to find out what’s happening. Again, it was done in a very natural and non-gimmicky way. I know that writing style has been done before, but it felt really fresh and exciting with this book.

In short, I really enjoyed reading The Girl on the Train. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a book to lose yourself in. And it was the perfect book to get me excited about reading again.

Let me know if you’ve read any good books recently–I love recommendations!