At the beginning of this year, I made a vow to myself to read more books. I know I said I will read books related to business and entrepreneurship but I found myself more drawn to thrillers. Don’t ask me why! Mind you, I am still reading business books slowly and on the side.
So I started with the bestseller The Girl on the Train. The film version of the book was debuted in October 2016 which I am about to watch just after I finish this blog post.
I remember when I read Gone Girl and found the book so fascinating for one reason: it pissed me off. I enjoy thrillers with plots and endings that make me angry. This book did its job in making me angry but not in a good way. Let me tell you why:
The book is written in a first person narrative from the point of view of three women: Rachel (The manic ex-wife), Megan (The victim/mistress), & Anna (The mistress/new wife). I am not going to go into details of the book just in case you’re currently reading it so I will just describe each woman and what she made me feel:
Rachel: She is the ex wife who got dumped by her husband for Anna. Her character is sad, pathetic, and self-loathing. Reading her point of view depressed me. My mood was affected by her in a really bad way. I felt like reaching into her through the book just to slap some sense into her! If you don’t like negative people, avoid this book at all costs.
Megan: She is the “victim”. The one who went missing. The one the book is all about. I felt sorry for this character. Yes, she is a cheater, a mistress, and a bad wife. However, she came from a very painful past where her brother, who was also her best friend, died at the young age of 15. I looked forward to the chapters with her point of view because there is always a clue into who killed her.
Anna: This character is a B****!!! She is the definition of women who are so self-centered they think that the whole world owes them their existence. However, I don’t think the author wrote her character properly. By the end of the book, she was kind of the hero. Not convincing and very cliche.
Now why did the book piss me off??? THE ENDING. It was disappointing and predictable. As I said before, I like endings that make me angry in a way that I would not expect the turn of events. This one built up the tension so high then ruined it with the last couple of chapters.
In conclusion, if you’re curious about the movie, read the book first. Other than that, avoid it. It will just disturb your mood while reading it!
Next book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt