In short, for those of you who aren’t going to read this whole review just read this: I read this book literally in a weekend and it is fab. Goodnight, the end!
I waited 5 weeks to get my hands on a copy of this book from the local library and man oh man it was worth the wait! I want to get one thing straight before speaking about this any more though; this book would be an ideal read for people who don’t normally read too much and struggle to get into anything too heavy. It is a thriller and it’s dramatic and moody, but in a simplistic, chic lit kind of way. You won’t have to remember 200 characters and recall a small detail at the beginning of the book 300 pages in. It carries you along nicely, manipulates you into thinking what the author wants you to think and I suggest you go with it and enjoy it. It was less far fetched than ‘Gone Girl’, although I did enjoy that book, this feels much more ‘real’.
It all revolves around a woman making the same journey day in, day out and the story unfolds with character she see’s every day. I absolutely loved the idea of this as I think it is something most of us relate too. In 2008-2010 I spent 4 days a week travelling to and from City College Norwich where I studied to be a hair stylist. I would go every morning and catch the bus at the same time, see the same people and pass the same places. Not once did any of us acknowledge the fact that we spent 2 hours on a bus together daily and rarely did any of us engage with one another at all. 6 years later and I drive the same road too and from work everyday and pass the same cars and people and worry when someone goes on holiday for a week – what if they’ve died?! Ridiculous really isn’t it, but we all do it. This is something Paula Hawkins has captured so brilliantly in this book, it will have you hooked by the time you’ve finished the first page – don’t say I didn’t warn you. Do not start reading this when there are other things you should be doing!
The other thing which struck me about this book is the main character Rachel’s relationship with alcohol and the way this is portrayed in the book. If you know anyone with an alcohol addiction you will be familiar with the feelings you get when you are around them but it is not often we stop to think about how it would feel to be in their shoes. Now, do not get me wrong this book did not bring about any particular sympathy for these people, but it did help you understand what goes on in their head’s just slightly better. Hawkins has written a very believable character in the form of Rachel and I will definitely be in the cinema to watch the film adaptation of this as soon as it is released! Emily Blunt is playing the part of Rachel which is great news as I love her work and think she will do a great job of playing this part.
If any of you have read this book I would love to hear what you thought, likewise if you have ready anything you think I would enjoy please tell me!