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The Girl On The Train


After the success of “Gone Girl”, a number of novels follow its narrative style – each character describes a series of events from his/her own view. In the end, all the dots are joined together and the truth is unexpected. I mentioned in my previous book review that “Gone Girl” is overpraised. But what people like is hard to predict, even “Fifty Shades of Grey” can be the best seller, what can I say? (No offense if you like the book, it’s just not my type.)

I finished reading “The Girl On The Train” earlier this year. I’m surprised to find the movie which based on the novel will be released this year. I wonder how the weak storyline can be adapted into a full length movie. “The Girl On The Train” is written by Paula Hawkins. It is referred as “the next Gone Girl”. Is it better than “Gone Girl”? Don’t think so, but only more annoying.

A tiding of magpies: One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told.

Rachel was divorced and she passed her old house near the train track when she commuted to London everyday. The house was now occupied by her ex-husband Tom, his new wife Anna and their new-born daughter. Other than watching her old house, Rachel also paid attention to a young couple – Megan and Scott, who lived in a house close by. One morning, when Rachel took her usual trip, she was stunned to see Megan kissing another man other than her husband. Then Megan went missing. And that’s all the annoying bits began.

Rachel by chance went to find Tom on the day Megan disappeared and found herself injured the following day. The problem is Rachel was an alcoholic and was heavily drunk that day. She had a blackout and could not remember what had happened. But she dragged herself into the mystery again and again – reporting to the police that Megan had an affair, contacting Scott and pretending she was Megan’s friend, investigating who was Megan’s secret lover, trying to recall her lost memory and find out why she was injured. There were flashbacks, dreams, imaginations, mind games and even total unrelated strangers to distract you. But it’s not difficult to guess who is the killer. Did I say someone died? If not, yes, Megan’s body was found at some stage.

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.

You probably will hate all the characters in “The Girl on the Train”, they are all selfish and only care about themselves. They lied and cheated throughout the story. Especially Rachel, she forgot what she had done while she was drunk but she kept drinking and messing things up. It doesn’t make sense from the first place why she got herself so involved in the missing of another woman who she never met. I think it will be a better development that Rachel found the hints or recalled her memory during her rehab, then solved the mystery and bounced back from a hopeless alcoholic to a heroine in town. But readers nowadays may prefer characters who have a dark side.

Life is not a paragraph, and death is no parenthesis.


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