Hi Folks, sorry about the spotty posting, so to make it up to you let's get to a rambling shall we? Today we ramble about one of the books I read while on my epic Texas vacation. The book is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I read it for several reasons. One, the movie is coming out so I had to read it before I go see it. Two, the synopsis sounded awesome and I was in the mood for a good mystery. Three, several people I know had read it and liked it. How do I feel about the book about now that I have read it? Read on and find out. As always SPOILERS AHEAD!
Story - Ok here is where my opinion is going to start to diverge from other peoples. I thought the story was kind of trite. There was nothing really new or exciting, it was another one of those hey a bunch of messed up people making poor decisions do messed up things to other messed up people which results in all kinds of messed up ness...maybe that should have been the title of this post. I was kind of disappointed I wanted it to be so much more atmospheric and a lot less tawdry and voyeuristic. That being said it was a complete story that was woven together to make sense, which is better then a lot of these stories do so that was good.
Characters - Again here is a category where I am torn. The characters where well written, but I hated almost all of them...not to the level of Gone Girl, but seriously. These are people who are the root of their own problems, they are selfish and self centered. They make horrible decisions and refuse to grow up and take responsibility for themselves. They are fairly realistic characters...which may be why some people enjoy reading about them. I know a lot of people like this in real life and even more that get shoved down our throats through various forms of media. I just usually read to try and escape so reading about shitty characters who get into their own messes then bitch and whine about them just don't appeal to me.
Editing - For the most part the editing was pretty good. The story was readable and everything ended up making sense in the end. My only real complaint would be the dragging out of certain secrets a bit to try and make the story more of a thriller then it really was. There were several secrets that got revealed through out the book, but no major twist so to me the term thriller is used loosely hear, but over all it was solid editing.
Relationships - The book for me was mostly about relationships. Relationships between husbands and wives, men and women, women and women, people and alcohol, characters and memories. Everything about this book was fueled by relationships, both real and perceived. Unfortunately most of the relationships in this book are at best unhealthy and at worst harmful. The story was a picture of how people get trapped in bad head states and ensuing bad decisions that come from it. There was very little in this book that hinted that these characters were even capable of attempting to have good relationships and that was just really really sad.
Mystery - The central mystery for the whole book is what happened to Megan. I figured out who killed her as soon as I read about her sleeping with the "mysterious family man". This was disappointing as I felt it was telegraphed pretty early in the book. I wanted that mystery to be more...mysterious or at least not so blatant and trite...I think I may be spoiled.
Genre - I love a good mystery and thriller, but I am coming to the understanding that I should probably not read whatever genre this book is in. It's very specific one...it's like chic lit plus mystery, plus really messed up characters. Almost all the books I have read in this weird category just pretty much make me mad at the authors. The funny thing most of them are fairly well written...I just hate the depressing out look on humanity that this style of books tend to have.
Overall Impression - So yeah...this wasn't really my style. It was an ok story, but I just really really hate reading books that make me hate humanity as a whole. I realize people are messed up in real life, I understand unlikable characters in books to further the story and add depth, but I don't want to finish a book and feel worse then when I started. I give this book 5 out of 10 cans of gin and tonic and realize that I need to just not read these books so yeah...Happy Reading Everybody!