I’m not big on mysteries. Unless you count those “library mystery” books. You know the ones. They’re around 200 pages long, usually involve a cat and a very bookish owner. Anyway, that’s about as far as my affection for mystery novels goes. I’ve never even read any of The Hardy Boys books!
But The Girl on the Train is the first mystery novel that I’ve delved into and I’m glad it was my first. It was an easy read and kept me entertained. Unfortunately, about two-thirds through the book, I had figured out the ending. The characters, while relatable, were very frustrating. There wasn’t a single character that I absolutely fell in love with. Paula Hawkins manages to highlight every character’s flaw and amplify it. They almost become like those annoying flies that buzz around your head in the dead of summer.
The Girl on the Train had been on my list for quite some time and I especially wanted to read it after seeing that there was a movie coming out. I like to read novels before seeing the movie. This is one instance I think the movie will be much more interesting than the book.
If you’re looking for a mystery novel to kill the time with, The Girl on the Train is a good choice. But don’t expect it to shock you.