Freitag, 1. Mai 2015

[Rezension] The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Neuer Thriller, neues Leseglück. Ich durfte durch eine weitere Leserunde auf lovelybooks wieder auf Englisch lesen. Dieses Mal den Thriller 'The Girl on the Train' von Paula Hawkins, welchen ich aufgrund der Handlung zu meiner neuen Zuglektüre auserwählt habe. Eins ist auf jeden Fall Gewiss, die nächste Zugfahrt werde ich mit anderen Augen an mir vorbeiziehen sehen. Passend zum Buch ist natürlich auch meine Rezension wieder auf Englisch.

"I am no longer just a girl on the train, going back and forth without point or purpose." ~ S.95

Original title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Genre: Thriller
Paperback: 316 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-857-52232-0
List Price: £12,99
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"I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head." ~ S.18

Rachel commutes with the same train every day to London, but she is not on the way to work. She has lost her job month ago, because she showed up to work drunk. Instead she is on her way to pass the time, because she doesn't want anyone to know about her current state of mind. By watching the houses pass by she keeps herself busy and occupied. She keeps dreaming of a life she could have had and makes up stories about one certain couple; in her eyes the perfect couple. Jess and Jason is how she calls them and Rachel builds up a whole life around them without even knowing them in real life. But one day she watches something that shatters their and her own world as the happy facade begins to crumble.

"I empty out my handbad, looking through my notes scribbled on bits of paper, all he scraps of information I've gleaned, the memories shifting like shadows, and I wonder, why am I doing this? What purpose does it serve?" ~ S.162

The author jumps between different points of view of three women - Rachel, Anna and Megan. She knows how to use those views of life to keep the story exciting. Until the end it is hard to figure out who committed the crime, because the pool of suspects grows with each page. The way to get to the solution was described in a compelling way. The three narrators seem to be nothing alike, but in the end they share a great deal of traits. Rachel says about herself that she is lonely, but she seems rather lost. Anna was a homewrecker, but know her life and home is about to get wrecked. Megan has a lot more to hide than it appears at first. The reader gets sucked into the story and for me it felt as if I knew the characters. In between I got fed up and annoyed by the characters, but that happens in real life as well - people cannot always please you. Overall Paula Hawkins designed a clever thriller that was great to read.

"But then his demeanour changes againg. It's like clouds scudding across the sky, now dark, now light." ~ S.304


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