Framing the Dialogue

The Girl On The Train

girl on the trainI saw my wife reading this about a year ago and I though “chick book” by Paula Hawkins.  I don’t mean that in a negative way, but in a way to describe a book that I most likely would not like (e.g. far too many discussions about feelings).  Turns out this is a very popular book that is being made into a movie and I see the movie trailer on television and it looks more like a mystery than a “chick book”.  Since it’s already paid for on a shared Kindle account I decide to read it.

So it is more of a mystery, but also a bit of a “ladies book” that was not really to my taste.  The novel is told through the eyes of its three main characters, all females. The Girl on the Train is the ex-wife of one of the other women in the story and she sort of is the main character.  She hasn’t done well since the divorce and watches others as she makes a daily, round-trip commute on the train.  The mystery part comes in when one of the people that she watches disappears.

“No.  It’s because I feel like I’m part of this mystery, I’m connected.  I am no longer just a girl on the train, going back and forth without point or purpose.”

It took a while for me to get into the story (like more than half the book), but as I did the storyline became more and more revealed and more and more creepy-bizarre.  I liked that I sort of figured out the villain just before the characters in the book yet had to “look” on helplessly as they had to deal with that person.  This one would have been a Hitchcock classic like Rear Window, but he was better.

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