Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts

‘The Girl On The Train’ by Paula Hawkins, my first book or rather- journey (I am not corny) – of 2016.
When another year commences, even if you do not swear by it, you do promise yourself to be happier. To do better things, to be positive in its simplest sense and I did all those things too. This book however, is not the beacon of positivity you’re looking for. It is a spit and image of all of us, and there is no character you can hold on to for hope. Before writing this, I was giving a generous read to other reviews of this book and unfortunately, the scale tipped towards the bad- majorly because of the sadistic and stretchy manner in which the book has been written. Conjoining this with my previous point, yes, Paula Hawkins does draw up a rather morose plot but that is exactly what makes it brilliant. After setting into a mould of being a psychological thriller, it slowly melts and slips into being a whodunit thriller without your realization. It has been written in the format of diary entries of three divergent women, a difficult task in itself, and at the very end the author brings it all together. All the pieces perfectly stick together.
Many argue of the plot being stale and sluggish, and that is true. The plot is stale and it moves slowly, almost to a point where your already dampened New Year’s Eve feels like it is completely sinking, but then, it rises. It encircles around numerous underlying themes like the mechanism of an alcoholic, mental illnesses, patriarchy, and exploitations by the FBI.
Paula Hawkins was a journalist before she wrote this piece of fiction, and it is clearly visible in the way she writes. Simple and straightforward while concealing stories (or lies) in every line.

Being a frantic person, I instantly destroyed the packaging when I received this book, so I do not know who sent it to me (first read about the ‘Gift a Book’ thingamajig. Why have you been living under a rock?) but if you’re reading this- I am grateful.

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