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I quite enjoyed this book! For some reason the twist of who done it caught me by surprise but maybe that’s because I haven’t read enough of this genre haha. The back and forth between several characters’ points of view got kind of confusing at times but I actually kind of enjoyed it towards the end. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I hope it lives up to the book!
I enjoyed this book. Using Rachel’s alcoholism as a mechanic in her unreliable narration was flawless. The character of Rachel, however, was over-trod at times. All in all, as a mystery, this book does an amazing job of providing a strong cast of characters and filling the pages with possibilities to incriminate each of them. Keeping secrets with separate character points-of-view always makes for an anxious reader, and Hawkins executes it perfectly.
A pretty good read. If you liked "Gone Girl", you'll probably like this book, but I think this one is more cleverly crafted.
Love, love, loved this book! I felt her vagueness, her confusion and i never saw the twist in the end coming. Great read!
First half was really intriguing. Then it became repetitive. The guilty party does a rather dull explanation so everyone is on the the same page and knows what transpired which is not necessary if you were paying attention for 250 pages. Then the ending is appropriate. Could have been tighter, but is a good premise. 3 solid stars.
This page turner suffered from a confusing cast of characters and the need for better proofreading.
e.g. Page 135: Glaring typo -- Section header reads "Evening." Should read "Morning."
Follow the action in the next section, and you'll understand why this is a labelling mistake.
I found it really hard not to compare it to Gone Girl constantly... which was much, much better. Easy to read with a couple of twists and turns.
This is a plot book. It’s not thoughtful writing and you start to get really tired of the characters about halfway through. The writing is very choppy and becomes tiresome. How in the world did this get to be a bestseller?
The ending wasn’t a surprise (though I think it was supposed to be!) but I liked the book anyway.
I read this in 24 hours, because it was *that* riveting. Told from three different perspectives, of three different unreliable narratives (that are also deeply flawed characters), this is a murder mystery where the reader is trying to connect the dots with limited information, as the characters do. I found it fascinating, fun, engaging, and a bit terrifying.
Warning: If you can't enjoy a book unless you love the characters, don't try to read this. They are deliberately unlikeable, flawed characters, which serves the plot and sets up the mystery.
I am sure it is a great book, after all it has received rave reviews. However, after about 30 or 40 pages I returned it to the library. Couldn't stand the main characters.
I loved this! I read this because my boss recommended it. At first I thought it was a little crude. I didn't think some of the language was necessary for the plot or character development. I would still give it a 5/5 though. It kept me guessing and I couldn't wait to get back to the book. There were definitely some twists I was not expecting. I am very excited to watch the movie and see if it lives up to the book!
I don't really like this book. Alcoholics are self centered annoying people who make life tough on everyone around them. They are needy and selfish and manipulative, I know I've dealt with them in real life so I don't enjoy reading about them. But as I read more I begin to feel sorry for this woman. She really wants to help solve the mystery but nobody believes anything she says, they call her "unreliable" and make her hate herself even more. She desperately wants to remember what happened on the important night when the woman went missing and she herself was hurt but it is lost in a blackout. Maybe she will recover it later. The book may be uncomfortable to read but it is making me think about the alcoholics in my life and see another side of them, a less judgmental point of view.
I wasn't impressed. All of the characters were flat and annoying, and because I couldn't find any reason to care about a one of them, there was little to no suspense for me. Though there are three different protagonists, their voices all sounded very similar. In the end, I was more irritated than anything and glad to be finished with it.
Don't Miss This Train
February 10 2015
An absolute page turner. Once you pick up this novel you will not be able to put it down. It is a psychological thrill ride reminiscent of Hitchcock's "Rear Window." Is what we see through the window actually true? How reliable is the narrator who is a lonely alcoholic divorcee? Go along for the ride. You will not be disappointed. NC
After reading it, I couldn't understand why all the accolades. I found it slow moving and pretty boring. The characters were flat, not much description and never found any suspense.
I did not really like this story. Not much of a "suspenseful thriller." It seems to me that the author unfairly makes an unlikely character the murderer, after building interest in two other men, leaving their story unexplained.
I rated this higher than it probably deserved--just one of those books that hit me the right
way. A chronically relapsing, self-pitying alcoholic voyeur as sleuth way suspensefully appealing.
Down and out alcoholic, Rachel, can’t keep out of her ex husband’s entanglements and finds herself an unwitting witness. Character driven to a fault. Rachel’s the only one you feel for, but lacked fluidity of Gillian Flynn or Tana French. More like a low brow Sophie Hannah with perfect, simple vocabulary. Liked the train, but loved the weather - rain - mentioned very little, but played a big part.
This book caught my eye. I am a little intolerant of alcoholics...but this was a really good read.
I haven't seen the movie, so must watch it! I would have thought the story line would be difficult to portray and do justice to the book.
I checked out this book on a whim and had more or less forgotten about it. I was not particularly eager to read it but thought I had better given I needed to return it soon and hadn't yet cracked it.
This may be way I found the first half particularly difficult to get into. However, the second half of the book was absolutely enthralling and I could not put it down until I had finish.
I would file this under psychological thriller.
I would NOT recommend this book to anyone who is recovering or trying to recover from alcohol abuse, or domestic violence or abuse as it has strong imagery on these topics and I imagine could trigger someone quite easily.
A page turner for sure! For anyone who likes to read from the thriller genre, this book is excellent. I was coming up with different theories while reading through it right up to the final reveal.
This was adequate, not great storytelling or writing in my opinion. I would not re-read this one.