The girl on the train – Book Review


The UK version , the USA version and the Italian version of the front cover.

No spoilers on this article, I swear.

If you are one of those people who, book concerning, don’t follow the crowd too, you might now be thinking “What? That book again? Where is the get out of here button?”
But this time my good reader sense has to stop you right there.
I usually take the distance from the popular printed paper, I much prefer reading classics (That’s why my dream of meeting author I love has vanished, they already are sadly on the other side) but this book has hunted my head for quite some time.
I actually decided to buy it because I read an article about its movie adaptation and an actor I really like will be the main character of the story (I’m talking about Emily Blunt) so, I wondered: “Okay, this book has sold 5 million copies worldwide and it’s getting its own movie too. It mustn’t be so bad! Alex, go buy it!” and that’s what I did.
I went back home with my new baby in hands, so happy (Because yes, book shopping is therapeutic, go try it!) but I left it there, on the table, because I didn’t want to start reading another book when I have other 1.859.656 waiting for me. Then I spent the weekend away from home, and on Friday, when I packed for my little trip, I knew I had to spend more than 1 hour on the train to the office on Tuesday, so I took it with me and I finally started reading it on my way to work.
The girl on the train who reads “The girl on the train”, I know, funny. (To be real, someone really made this joke yesterday. I know, let’s forget it.)
And that’s it, in just 2 days I was able to read the whole thing. It might seems normal to you, but my high-rise building of currently-reading books is laughing at you right now (And getting angry with me too. I know, forgive me!)
I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t read one single book for days. If today I’m more incline to read a love story, tomorrow I might prefer reading a spy novel. It depends on the mood. That’s why I never finish a novel in so little time.
If “The girl on the train” did it, it must be good, right?
Seriously speaking writing, it really is good. The story, the writing, the characters (I actually hated one of the three main character so much during the whole reading process, that… God.)
Paula Hawkins really deserves it, she really wrote an amazing book.
So, go read it and prepare to say “She was right!” because, yes, I am.

Here is the plot, if you want to read it. (I didn’t.)
“Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…”

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