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“The Girl on the Train” Novel/Film Review

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I feel like this is a topic that has had so many reviews or posts in the last 3 months leading up to the movie premiere.

For the record, I’ve had this post saved as a draft until I not only finished the book, but went to see the movie. If you have not seen the film or book, be aware that there are spoilers in this post.

Let’s proceed…

Paula Hawkins is no stranger to writing. As a journalist for a little over 15 years, she has turned her focus on to writing fiction. For one of her first novels crossing over from news- writing, I give her the utmost respect for writing something so brilliant as The Girl on the Train.

The novel follows three women: Rachel, Anna, and Megan, who live nearby the bustling city of London. Rachel, a public relations specialist turned drunk helps solve a murder of a woman she has seen numerous times while she takes the train in to the city. Anna, is living the life of a mother of a newborn of a new marriage. Megan, is the epitome of the perfect woman with the perfect life, and perfect husband. The plot thickens when these women’s lives intertwine with one another. Who has murdered this woman? Will they be caught?

Just want to state first: Emily Blunt was fantastic for the role of Rachel Watson. The fact that she can go from completely sober to a blubbery drunk adding on the “water works” is phenomenal. I don’t want to give all of the credit to just her, but I enjoyed all of the actors who portrayed these characters brought to life by Paula Hawkins. The one downfall that while I do understand it was made in the film, is why they had to change the setting to New York rather than London. I feel like the location should have stayed the same to follow the book. There were also bits of the book that I felt could be beneficial to the film, and I also understand that to keep a film within a reasonable time, some things need left out.

Today is October 15, 2016, and I finished the novel on October 11. Feeling like I was on the edge of my seat reading this, gave me so much adrenaline that I don’t think I’ve felt from a book in a long time. Paula Hawkins’s writing style is something similar to Gillian Flynn’s writing in Gone Girl. The numerous viewpoints of the characters, which I enjoy. It is just something different compared to how books are normally written. Very impressive.

It’s a wonderful movie. I am glad that it followed the book as much as it could like I said before, to keep it in a reasonable amount of time for a film. The difference of the film and book are so minuscule that I think it is acceptable. Whether you have read the book, or skipped the book and went straight to viewing the film, you will catch the drift and the outcome hasn’t changed from the writing.

Rating-wise in my opinion:
BOOK: 5/5
FILM: 4.5/5

I recommend both, whether you’re a bookworm or a movie fanatic. Both are great!

For those who have seen it, what do you think? How do you feel about what was left out of the film? What should have been included?

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