Wednesday, March 11, 2015
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN -Review
Starting with an unreliable alcoholic narrater, this book is about perception. What we think we see and what we actually do see and how it can change. Even if we actually see something with our own eyes and would testify in court as to what we saw, this story explains the danger in that testimony.
In style of writing, I am reminded of THE SHELL SEEKERS by Rosamunde Pilcher, another great read. She also writes thru the eyes of her characters.
The story demonstrates how far some of us are willing to go to right a wrong and the how it may backfire. From this psychological thriller here is my favorite passage.
"Hollowness: that I understand. I'm starting to believe that there isn't anything you can do to fix it. That's what I've taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”
― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train
As a first venture into fiction writing, Hawkins is amazing and hit the New York Times bestseller list. It will make you a voyeur without your permission and haunt you for a long time. It has been optioned by Dream Works as a movie.
Let's hope to see more fiction by Hawkins.