It’s funny, with the release of Girl on the Train at cinemas on Friday, I looked around my tube carriage to see copy after copy of this bestseller. People were doing as I was: cramming before the film shattered the mystery and intrigue.
It is easy to see why Girl on the Train had everybody talking as it is suspenseful, gripping and thrilling until the end. As a lot of great literary pieces do, Girl on the Train is presented to the reader by a flawed narrator. With her issues of alcoholism and heartbreak blurring the story, we are left unsure of the facts until the final reveal.
It was easy to spot echoes of Gone Girl in this piece as it had a similar sinister spin on matrimony, though it is different enough to be distinguishable. Jumping between past and present, the reader was left to carefully tie together the strings, as pieces of information were drip fed. I must admit that I found the diary entry style of dates a little too bland to distinguish between at first; though maybe I was being a little slow on the uptake this time.
There weren’t too many characters to question in this whodunnit but there was no obvious motive to spoil the thrill of the chase.
I think the film will be exciting and an all round blockbuster, but it may lose some of the intricacies of the text. Hopefully we will see a true reflection of this mystery on the screen. However I do urge you to join in your fellow commuters and absorb the story before you buy your cinema ticket, as you will be missing out on one of the best thrillers of the year.
Girl on the Train: Paula Hawkins