The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

The Girl on the Rollercoaster


“The Girl on the Train” had a slow start.  The first few chapters were introductory and focused on setting the scene and characters.  It took a while before the plot actually started.  At first, “The Girl on the Train” barely held my interest because I didn’t know what the point was.  However, once the plot actually started, “The Girl on the Train” became interesting.  The deeper I delved into the book, the harder it became to put down.  It was a quick read.

“The Girl on the Train” was told in first person point-of-view, shuffling between the perspectives of Rachel, Megan, and Anna.  The shift between storylines was timed perfectly so that the book progressed at a relatively fast pace.  It kept the motion forward.  When one character’s story would end in a cliffhanger, we’d have to read the other narrator’s sections first before returning to that suspenseful moment.  Having the book told from three different perspectives allowed us to get the full story.  The narrators’ separate stories came together like puzzle pieces.  Without all three perspectives, we wouldn’t have known what actually happened.  Author, Paula Hawkins’ choice of pacing and point-of-view made the book suspenseful and unique.

The timing between the different narrators’ stories was sometimes confusing.  Rachel and Anna’s story were told in present day, while Megan’s story started a year beforehand.  It was sometimes hard to keep track of where we were in time, so I would have to keep flipping back in the book to compare timelines.

All of the characters in “The Girl on the Train” were deeply flawed.  I didn’t find any of them likable, so I didn’t really care what happened to them.  I was only interested in discovering the truth.  I didn’t care if justice was served.

“The Girl on the Train” was a suspenseful, fast paced read.  But that’s really all it was for me.  It was like a rollercoaster.  While reading, it was exciting and entertaining, but once it was over, that was it.  It just ended.  I didn’t get much else out of it.

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This entry was posted on August 14, 2015 by in Book and tagged , , , , .
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