The Girl on the Train Book Review | Blogmas Day 17

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

This book has been sat on my bookshelf for a little while. It was one that I wanted to get to as soon as because I didn’t want the ending to be spoiled. Plus I heard such great things about it that I wanted to jump right in without knowing a massive amount about it.

The Girl on the Train has been billed as being the next Gone Girl, and I could see the similarities but in terms of quality there was very little the same. I just didn’t connect with the writing style or the characters. I also guessed who the murderer was before the big reveal. It was kind of a disappointment all the way through if I’m honest.

The story line was disjointed and the characters were awful people. I didn’t expect there to be all these wonderful people in a murder mystery but this was ridiculous. But I couldn’t believe that all the people in the book were that awful. I mean I know that the world isn’t full of shiny and wonderful people, but for there to be that many knowing each other was a little full on. There weren’t any redeeming characteristics for any of them, and that made it really hard to read about them and their stories.

Although the bad points of the characters made the book hard to read it did make them interesting. Not enough to make me love the book, but enough to make some of it bearable.

Least favourite character in The Girl on the Train was Anna. She was an awful human being with feelings as superficial as a Barbie doll. I hated her justifications for her actions, and the way she treated those in the book. She was pathetic and her reactions to things were pathetic. I really struggled with the way she dealt with things in her life and everything that was going on around her.

Favourite character in The Girl on the Train is hard one and to be honest I don’t have one. I hated them all in equal measures. I didn’t end the book rooting for any of them, if all of them had died in a freak accident I wouldn’t be completely upset. It would probably be for the best.

I don’t know if I would recommend The Girl on the Train. It wasn’t a good book in my opinion. It was badly written with mildly interesting characters. There was potential but it just wasn’t built upon. I wanted something more, and this book just didn’t deliver.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Did you love the characters more than me (it isn’t hard)?


  1. Rebecca

    17th December 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Oh, I had a similar response. I was not a fan of this book or Gone Girl. But I did like the movies (saw them both). Thank God good actors can do justice to a bad script/book.
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    1. thebookbloglife

      17th December 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Yeah. I figured out Gone Girl way before the twist. I thought the characters really let the story down on this one tbh. I haven’t watched the film yet. Next on my to-do.

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