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review 2017-06-17 13:35
Girl On The Train!!!
Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins,Christoph Göhler

German and english review

 

Ich hab das Buch gerade fertig gelesen und ich bin mir noch nicht sicher, wie ich das Buch bewerten soll, ohne irgendwas zu verraten. Aber fangen wir erst mal ganz von Vorne an.

 

Inhalt: Jeden Morgen pendelt Rachel mit dem Zug in die Stadt, und jeden Morgen hält der Zug an der gleichen Stelle auf der Strecke an. Rachel blickt in die Gärten der umliegenden Häuser, sieht ihre Bewohner. Und eines Tages beobachtet sie etwas Schockierendes ...

 

Ich gestehe, dass ich am Anfang echt meine Schwierigkeiten hatte in das Buch reinzufinden. Es ist richtig gut geschrieben und ich liebe es, dass wir die Geschichte aus der Perspekive von drei Frauen lesen konnten, Rachel, Megan und Anna. Trotzallem hatte es eine Weile gedauert bis ich wirklich in dem Buch angekommen bin aber dann hatte es mich gepackt und gar nicht mehr los gelassen.

 

Rachel ist eine totale Katastrophe, die ich aber ziemlich schnell ins Herz geschlossen habe. Je weiter ein Charakter davon entfernt ist perfekt zu sein, um so lieber habe ich sie. Außerdem hat sie schließlich im Laufe des Buches an sich gearbeitet und ohne sie wäre das Buch einfach nicht das gewesen was es letzendlich war. Megan mochte ich auch total gerne, obwohl sie ebenfalls eine Katastrophe war. Wenn es um Anna geht, bin ich mir immer noch nicht sicher, was ich von ihr halten soll. Außerdem gab es Cathy, ein neben Charakter, den ich wirklich gleich ins Herz geschlossen habe. Sie war unglaublich toll.

 

Und das war es auch schon. Mehr will ich eigentlich garnicht sagen, denn ich finde je weniger man weiß um so besser ist es. Mich hat das Buch jeden fall komplett überzeugt. Die Geschichte war super umgesetzt und richtig gut erzählt. Es gab viele gute Wendungen und es war bis zum Ende absolut spannend. Ich kann es echt nur empfehlen.

 

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I just finished the book and I'm not sure how to actually review this book without giving anything away. But let's start at the beginning.

 

Summary: EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 

I have to confess, that I had some problems getting into the story in the beginning. The writing is really amazing and I loved that we got to read the story from the point of view from three woman, Rachel, Megan and Anna. Still, it took me quite a bit to really get into it but when I did, it REALLY got me.

 

Rachel is a total mess, who I've taken in my heart right away. The farthest away a character is from being perfect, the more I love them. I also think that she worked a lot on herself throughout the whole book and without her the book wouldn't be what it is. Megan, I really liked her as well. She was a mess, too. When it comes to Anna, I'm not sure, I really don't know what to think of her. And there was also Cathy, a minor charater, that I really enjoyed reading about. She was just wonderful.

 

And that's about it. I don't really wanna say more, cause I think the less you know when getting into the book, the better it is. Anyway, the book really REALLY worked for me. The story is so well done and told in an amazing way. There were so many twists and turns and the story was thrilling until the very end. I really recommend it.

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text 2017-06-07 13:24
Reading progress update: I've read 141 out of 448 pages.
Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins,Christoph Göhler

It took me a bit but now I'm really into this book. Rachel is such a mess, I love her.

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review 2017-01-24 21:05
The Girl On the Train
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

I listened to this novel on CD and almost gave up on it after the first CD. I kept asking individuals that I knew if they had read it and I was getting mixed reviews about it. All I knew about this novel as I was inquiring about it, was that Rachel didn’t sleep a lot but she loved her alcohol. She rode the train, analyzing the people who were a part of this mass transit system. These individuals didn’t have to ride it, they just needed to be around it, to be a part of it. Rachel was a loner. I thought the poor girl needed an intervention, her life was a mess, she needed someone to reach out to her. She needed someone to tell her that they cared about her, she needed someone she could rely and do something with besides just hanging out amongst the trains. I wondered how long Rachel had been this way and as she talked about her past, I wasn’t sure if it was the alcohol speaking or Rachel’s real memories that were coming back to her. Then to find out that Rachel was a liar, she had picked up this skill from being around one of the best liars around. What am I supposed to believe now? When the other character’s lives begin to emerge into Rachel’s life, I didn’t want to stop the CD’s as I played them everywhere I went. The story had now become mysterious and disturbing, how were all these characters connected to one another and why is this story taking forever to finish?

 

Perhaps if Rachel could just stay sober for a bit, she might get the stories straight and unwind this mystery for me but then a clear head is something that Rachel hasn’t deal with lately so perhaps this might not be a good idea. As Megan and Anna were introduced, I adored each of these women for they were strong and determined characters. Rachel, I thought of her, as this weak bird, fumbling around trying to stand up and get her bearing and as issues begin to surface in the story, she grabs onto them and tries to resolve them, still scuffling around but now drawing others into her battle. Rachel is ringing the bell. The men in these women’s lives angered me. I felt a push from each of them, a push for power. As I heard their voices on the audio, I was ready for them, my defenses were up and trust was becoming an issue as I listened to them. I loved the difference voices on this audio, the power and the emotion behind each voice, gave each character individualism and weight. I’m glad that I didn’t give up on this audio, I wonder how I would have felt had I read it on my own as I loved the voices that accompanied this audio yet I wondered if I would have disliked the beginning. 3.5 stars

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review 2017-01-12 01:12
Paula Hawkins: The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins takes readers on a train ride (pun intended, you ride the train a lot in this book) of mystery and emotions, when you cannot quite remember what happened:

She rides the train in to London every day, just to cover up that she has lost her job and is no longer working. While on the train each day she starts it with a few drinks and watching the people who live along the train line. She passes her old residence where she had love and a future. Now there is a new happy couple living there and one of them is her ex-husband Tom. This is why she drinks, she cannot face the life that she now has when she once had the best life with Tom. the other house she notices is the one at the end of the street, where a new couple lives and she imagines them having a perfect life as they both look perfect. But when Megan goes missing, Rachel feels like she has seen something, knows something about her life that can find her. She wants to help the police but her own turmoil of a life put everything she knows and saw as well as her life at risk.

I tend to stay away from books that have a lot of hype around them (like fifty shades of grey) at least until the hype dies down a bit but I'll admit that I picked up this book because that it was being turned in to a movie and I always like to compare the book and movie. Based upon how amazing and awesome this book is being hailed, it took me way too long to finish it and I do not think that I should be able to figure out the "big" twist ect, fairly early in the book too, so this hindered my overall enjoyment of the book. I think that Hawkins does a good job of trying to lead the reader to different opinions on what not only happened to Megan but ultimately who is responsible, I just think her attempts were lacking in imagination.

I liked Rachel as a main character with all her flaws around alcoholism, blackouts and her bipolar disorder. This adds real dimension to her character as she tries to muddle through what happened to her that night. All these flaws make her character not only damaged but also interesting. As her mind is pretty jumbled chapters about her and from her point of view can be frustrating as a reader as you really just want her to remember. Her decision making process is also not the greatest too and she end up getting herself in trouble more than once with the decisions she makes, but it is her overall eagerness to help that makes her endearing and the character you cheer for.

I think that I must have a different idea of what a thriller is supposed to be but for me other than the last quarter of the book I did not have this feeling. For me a thriller needs to leave me on the edge of my seat, have me staying up late to read just one more chapter and this did not achieve this for me. It was an interesting who-done-it type of book, but thriller it is not.

For me this book was a disappointment due to all the hype associated with it and the fact that it was being turned in to a movie. I would read another book by Hawkins as I think that she explored some interesting aspects in the book especially around Rachel's alcoholism.

Enjoy!!!

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review 2017-01-03 04:03
So...that happened
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins 

 

So yeah, that happened.  I don't even know where to begin with this one.  Absolutely NO ONE in this book had any redeeming value.  If you ask me they all deserved each other.  I just can not believe this book.  

 

The beginning of the book dragged for me.  There were a few times when I was going to bail.  Just have to sit through a depressed drunk ride back and forth on train lamenting how awful her life was seriously made me just want to throw in the towel.  It started to pick up though, but I still wasn't seeing what all the fuss was about.

 

I kinda had a feeling who the culprit was, and that there was more to that character than was being let on, but at the end, things got really bizarre. 

 

Things got back on track (no pun intended) and made sense at the end, but honestly, I hated every last one of these characters.  I just felt wrung out at the end.  Nobody won.  Justice, I guess was served.  But when the dust settled, all that was left was a bunch of losers.  They all lost something because of the tragedy that involved all of them.

 

I was told that this was going to be like Gone Girl, but with that book, I felt some shock and awe.  The way it ended was beyond messed up and for weeks after I would just think about it and be floored all over again.

 

With this book, there was no surprise.  There was no twist, it just awful, awful and more awful.  The way the people behaved in the story wasn't so much shocking as it demoralizing.  Add to that the shifting perspectives and times, it just seemed like a chore to get through for the first 1/2 to 2/3 of the story.  It wasn't until the end when I felt like I had to  know what was going to happen next.

 

So, this one was just ok for me.  Maybe if I hadn't had such high hopes for it, I would of rated it higher but it didn't live up to the lofty expectations I had for it.

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