Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked up this book because someone said it is so much similar to Gone Girl. Nah! The girl on the train is not at all similar to Gone Girl. May be just a girl-centric theme might have made people compare these two.
Spoilers ahead
Though not a perfect 5 like Gone girl, The Girl on the Train holds its own merits. Starting with a slow pace and hazy descriptions, it eventually turns into a page turner. Its plot is new and fresh and the main character is kind of unique and does attract the readers sympathy initially before it starts going overboard. In the end Its narration picks up rhythm and turns up as a gripping read.
But author makes the whole murder thing way too simple. Our depressed and alcoholic Detective-in-the-making Rachel solving it alone without anyone’s help is kind of unbelievable (A feminist voice in my brain whispers ever so slowly, “when so many drunken men saved the world from hidden-secrets, asteroids, terrorists, aliens etc in numerous fiction novels, you did not complain! Now suck it up. Rachel rocks”). Detectives are not so frivolous as pictured in the story (I hope).
I would go with a 3 for this one.

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