What We’re Reading: The Girl on the Train

Title: The Girl on the Train

Author: Pamela Hawkins

Genre: mystery

Why did you choose to read this book?

I wanted to read something entertaining and different from my usual fare.

What did you like about it?

It was fast-paced and entertaining! Rachel Watson involves herself in the lives of her ex-husband, his wife and their neighbors. Love triangles and a murder make this a page-turner.

Was there anything noteworthy about the book?

It was a Goodreads Choice Award 2015 winner in the Mystery & Thriller category and spent 16 weeks atop the New York Times Fiction Best Seller List in 2015.

I think it is notable that the book is told exclusively in the first person by three female characters, though the characters themselves are not strong people: they define themselves by comparison to other people and in terms of their romantic relationships. Nonetheless, I found myself hoping that Rachel gets her life together.

What feeling did the book leave you with?

Satisfaction. I read the book in several days, often staying up late.

Who would you recommend the book to?

I would recommend this book to fans of murder mysteries.

What would you pair this book with?

I’d pair this book with a train trip, or any daily commute on public transportation.

About Stephen Brooks

Stephen is a reference librarian at Durham Tech. He has blogged previously at acqweb.org and for American Libraries magazine online. He enjoys reading 20th and 21st century literature, biographies and books about sports.