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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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***Warning, I did not flag this review as containing spoilers because there are none in this review. However, without this warning I fear some may consider some of what I write below as potential spoilers.***

Some of the best and worst works of dramatic fiction are based on a character's misinterpretation of events. The Girl on the Train uses this trope as well and while it does not result in the best dramatic mystery you've ever read, it's also does not result in the worst. The Girl on the Train tells the story of Rachel, a recently divorced, unemployed alcoholic whose daily train rides are her only form of escape from her rather tragic existence. Her story soon becomes entwined with two other women whose perspectives along with Rachel's comprise the 38 chapters of the novel. This is good summer reading fare and while it has some moments of unevenness, especially in terms of mood - it is a fast read that does keep you moderately engaged.

The novel's triple point of view is nicely accomplished. At times, it is a bit gimmicky, but Rachel's questionable recall of events is nicely tempered with Anna and Megan's ignorant certainty. This is a quick read and while it has some moments of strength, at the end, you may notice it quickly fading from your memory, not unlike one of Rachel's drunken blackouts.

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Reading Progress

April 26, 2016 – Started Reading
May 31, 2016 – Shelved
May 31, 2016 – Finished Reading

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