Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Hey Guys!
It’s book review time! The novel I want to discuss today is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. To be honest, I only checked the book because the trailer for the movie adaptation looked interesting, so let’s see whether it’s any good.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Cover from Goodreads

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
Rachel is at a rather bad point in her life. Divorced, unemployed, an alcoholic. To pass the time (and to fool her roommate and maker her think that she still has a job) she takes the same train every day, commuting into town. Rachel watched the houses and their owners while passing and spins stories about them. Sounds fairly innocent – until the woman she observes every day suddenly goes missing…

 

The Rating:
Well, how do I get started with this one.
For me, there are several problems with this book. First of all, there was not a single likeable character in this novel. Rachel was mostly annoying and all of the others are simply not interesting and shallow. Especially the other women featured are either crazy, boring or bitches. Usually you read a book and are fascinated by at least some of the characters and you want to know more about them. In this case, you don’t. Believe me.  Continue reading

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Book vs. Movie: Gone Girl

Hello folks!
Today I want to talk about one of the biggest book adaptations of the last years: Gone Girl. Gillian Flynn 2012 best-selling novel was turned into a movie in 2014 by David Fincher starring nothing but Hollywood’s finest actors.

 

The Plot:
Nick’s life is shattered when his beloved wife Amy vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary. The cops start investigating and soon it becomes fishy: mopped up blood on the floor, a staged scene of struggle. Was Amy killed? Abducted? And even more important: Who did it? Nick?

 

The Rating:
This movie was nominated for tons of awards and the novel made it on the New York Times Best Seller list. So I was pretty excited to finally check them out!
Let’s start with the book. It was most definitely a gripping read you can’t put down. The novel consists of diary entries, alternating between Nick and Amy. So we get a pretty thorough insight into their thoughts and see each event from different angles. The crime part seems thought through perfectly and when the big plot-twist somewhere in the middle, your mind is blown. Continue reading