By Lynsey Eaton | Image of Rosamund Pike (Credit: Twentieth Century Fox) via Salon
After binging on the Serial podcast, I signed up for Audible (proof that advertising works) and started reading book synopsis’ in the hopes of tracking down something worth listening to on the plane ride home. Girl on the Train was my first purchase – not surprising, considering it had just come out and it was being promoted everywhere as the next Gone Girl (we already know I’m a sucker for good marketing).
But here’s the thing, I am probably the .00001% of people that didn’t exactly love Gone Girl (nothing about those characters was likeable, which always makes it harder for me to enjoy), so reading all of the comparisons between the books was actually more of a turn off for me. I didn’t want to be stuck on the plane psychoanalyzing whether my husband is who he says he is or instead is capable of turning into Frank Underwood at the snap of a finger. But when push came to shove, this was a plane book and I just needed something that wouldn’t put me to sleep. So I gave it a go.
I must admit, the book was a pleasant surprise and I would recommend it. Sure, nobody in this novel was particularly likeable either, but for some reason the downfalls of most of the characters came off more like humanity than psychosis (I said most). Maybe I just hadn’t had my coffee. Whatever the reason, I was able to overcome it and actually get enveloped in the story in a way I never could with Gone Girl.
For those of you that thought Gone Girl was the best thing since the smell of sizzling bacon in the morning and you’re looking for another book where the narrator is about as trustworthy as a career politician, you won’t be disappointed.
Have you read it? What did you think?