This is probably one of the best books I’ve read last year. After Gone Girl, I was desperate to find and read something similar. This book never disappoints. There’s just something about this book that made me read and reread it over and over again. It haunted me like there’s no book ever haunted me before. Well, that’s wrong, apart from V.C. Andrews’ novels, which I never recovered even until now, after reading it for more than a decade ago. Yes, I’m a sucker for stories that cross the line between horror/gothic, romance and thriller.
What haunted me the most of this book is first, I love the way the book is written. It’s written in the first person (perspective) of the three characters. For me, a book written in the first person narrative is the best way to relate to the character’s state of mind, and some of my favorite books are structurally written that way. I also love the fact that there are different characters narrating their story in this book, which means that it’s not just a one-sided story. Tip, you should listen to this in audible.com. It’s a very good experience.
Second, I love the story itself. It’s unique, it’s thrilling and it talks about real life. There are themes of jealous, self-control, self-doubt, trust and the fact that “people are not really who they seem” or that “looks can be deceiving”.
Lastly, it talks about women and what goes through their minds. Real issues that women faced or are currently facing. Spoiler Alert: I just love how one of the main character was a bit of a voyeur/stalker-ish looking from a train and imagining about her own life. Didn’t we all? at some point in our lives? Now, you might be asking, Is it like Gone Girl? I would say, No, not really. It’s similar in the sense of how the story was written, but I think, it’s the next best thing to Gone Girl. Read it, it won’t disappoint. Oh! I can’t wait for the movie adaptation to come out! and there’s gonna be some high caliber actresses in there, like Emily Blunt. My, my! can’t wait for October 7!
For the meantime, you can buy the audio version in audible.com or you can the book itself here:
The Girl On The Train