Walks the line between thriller and general fiction
The Girl on the Train is a thriller, but not a James Patterson style thriller that I’m instantly recommending to my dad, it’s more mainstream and walks the line between general fiction and thriller. A girl sits on a train and observes things going on in other people’s lives, and things start to go wrong. Wouldn’t you just be terrified if that happened?
The characters aren’t the easiest in the world to love. Like, some of them were downright annoying and I wanted to throw them off a train, but the way that this book was put together was brilliant. I’m not a fan of changing first-person perspectives – just go with third person if you’re going to do that – but I did think that this overcame that instant flash of dislike I got from that.
Although I wouldn’t call it an easy read, and it was a tiny bit slow to get started (not unlike The Hunger Games) but once you were in there was pretty much no way you were going to stop reading till you found out what happened. The unreliability of the narrators given their character added to the mystery of the story and it kept you guessing without the whole ‘hang on, what just happened, how on earth did s/he figure that out?’ feeling (that I got with Hurting Distance by Sophie Hannah – another great book though).
Unlike some thrillers as well, it was also funny in parts. I don’t often hear my dad laughing when he’s reading James Patterson, but I did find myself cracking up at some of the points in this book. Overall, I’m incredibly glad that I bought it, and would recommend it to people who aren’t quite sure if they want to read a thriller or not.
If you enjoyed this book, you may enjoy:
• Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn (although I didn’t like this)
• Little Face – Sophie Hannah
• Heart Shaped Bruise – Tanya Byrne