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There are literally thousands of reviews of this book on Amazon and Goodreads. So … if you need synopsis of detail, you’ll have no trouble finding. Reviews are from 1 to 5 stars, opinions are varied.
With regard to the audiobook … The Girl on the Train is narrated by several female readers, which is fine … but, they basically sound alike … they all emote a lot. All are British (British author).
All of the characters are so into their own self analyzing angst, including the supposed victim of a crime … it’s maddening. The lead character, Rachael, is a ridiculously self absorbed alcoholic who has memory black-outs, witnesses what she believes is wrong do-ing, and is obsessed with her ex-husband. Convoluted, I know ... just like the story. But, that’s the basics. In my opinion, the story should have been several hours (pages) shorter.
Frankly, the fact that this story is a mega-hit and has hogged the best-seller list for months and months is beyond me, but it’s the reason I finally succumbed. Maybe it’s just clever marketing … but The Girl on the Train has created an amazing, albeit completely puzzling, buzz.
Guess I’m not into drunks. Or, adolescent angst from supposedly mature people. Maybe I’m old. Yeah, that’s it. Must be it. Anyway …. not my cup ‘o tea, ’t all. Not recommended.
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So, you can take this review with a grain of salt. I don't know exactly why I hated it, but it seems like one of those "Girl" books that you are supposed to love. It's about people who should know better doing stupid things to other people or with other people, and bad things happening as a result. I finished it, but I honestly couldn't wait for to be done. So, I can say that much for it: I have stopped really bad books in the past, and this book was not that bad. In fact, I can see that it was actually very well written. It's just that the story and the characters were too awful to contemplate.
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