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Book Review: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

Submitted by on January 12, 2015 – 9:08 pm 11 Comments

Several months ago I read You by Caroline Kepnes, which was engrossing, but all the characters were horrible people and I couldn’t give a whit what happened to them. When they encountered very bad things, all I could do was shrug.



  • Eirego says:

    The sleeve is very cool and I also think the title on the cover printed in such a way that it felt as though I was reading it on the side of a passing train is very clever indeed.

    The debate over whether or not to keep reading a book when all the characters are unlikable has come up a lot for me over the last couple of years (maybe longer). Personally, if there’s no one I can relate to or understand on any level by page 50 or so, I will let go of the book and move on to the next. Occasionally, a really strong plot has kept me reading, but it’s rare. I enjoy reading and I must not have my time wasted when I find the time to read. I feel the same way about film and television.

    Note: this is why I keep coming back to you, PCN. You have never steered me toward a book or film or program that wasted my time.

  • Lauren says:

    At least we’re in good company on “Didn’t Dig Girl On A Train Island,” E!

  • Techeditor says:

    What a great review of this book! One thing I don’t think you mentioned is how overhyped this book is. It kept my attention, so I did read the whole thing. But it isn’t nearly what all the hype insists that it is.

    • Pop Culture Nerd says:

      Even though I only posted this recently, I wrote it a while ago before it got all the hype. Despite my feelings, I think any book that can get people reading and talking about it is a good thing.

      Thanks for the nice comment about my review!

  • Naomi Johnson says:

    I’m finding this book painfully tedious, and I’m not sure I’ll get through it. Also reading The Cuckoo’s Calling and preferring it.

    • Pop Culture Nerd says:

      Let me know what you think of CUCKOO’S when you’re done. Here are my thoughts on it.

      • Naomi Johnson says:

        You are so much kinder in your review than I could ever be about this book (Girl On a Train). I hated it – can’t recall the last time I was so happy to finish a book (which I only did because my book club was talking about adding this one to the list and I want to know what I’m talking about when I beg them not to).

        • Naomi Johnson says:

          The keyboard was beginning to smolder, but I deleted most of my comments about the book before clicking on ‘Post Comment.’ The last bestseller I loathed this much was probably James Patterson’s ‘First To Die.’

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