Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Book Review: The Girl on the Train

I recently joined a virtual book club (more on that later) and we just finished our first month's book! We picked The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins as our inaugural book and I wanted to share a few of my thoughts with you in case any of you have read it or are looking for a new read. 

To start, I'll say that I was so excited to read it after hearing that it was "the next Gone Girl." I loved Gone Girl so I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Girl on the Train. I was actually so impatient that I bought the book on Amazon and  downloaded it on OverDrive so I could start listening on my drive to Dallas.  

This book is definitely entertaining. If you're looking for a quick read that keeps your mind occupied, this book is a winner. It's tricky, switches narration, and leaves you wanting to solve the mystery before the answer reveals itself. There were parts of the book that I found frustrating, but I have to give credit where credit is due and this book kept me glued the whole way through. 

That being said, I don't think it holds a candle to Gone Girl. Where Gone Girl was smart and well-planned,  I felt The Girl on the Train relied too heavily on unreliable narrators and unlikable characters. I found the female characters to be especially frustrating for how weakly they were portrayed. All I wanted was one character to root for and even that seemed too much to ask. 

If I have to give it a rating, I give it a 3.5/5. Rating as low as 3 seems a little harsh because it did truly keep me entertained and interested until the very last page, but 4 seems too high of a mark considering how weak the conclusion felt. The book built me up with its mystery but I was let down by the climax. I love the premise of the book and believed in its potential to be great, which I think is why I was so disappointed that the conclusion felt so mediocre. 

It's not my favorite book I've read lately, but I'd still recommend it as an entertaining read to anyone who may be looking for one!

The other ladies in my book club rated it a 4/5 on average so I may be a bit of a harsh critic :) 

I'd love to hear what you think of it! Have you read The Girl on the Train? Do you plan to read it? 

xxo, Kristen 


  1. I still have to read this book and Gone Girl! Although at this point I don't know if I still should since Gone Girl's ending has been spoiled for me so many times! haha

    Her Heartland Soul

    1. It's so smartly written, I'd definitely recommend it! Even if you already know what happens :)