Remember I told you about a book I started and taking it slow. Yeah, that was this book. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. It kept coming up in my Amazon recommended reading list and the first thing that caught my attention was the cover. The feel that the image is also moving along with the train, I liked it. Have you sat on a Train and watched people outside of it ? I love doing that. I don’t travel by train often , especially in the day time. All my train travel in India are overnight journeys. That is why I was enthralled by the Tube in London and almost did 3-4 journeys a day when I was there. I really enjoyed it. Loved watching people inside the train and outside of it too. The way the place go past by you in less than a second, the various kind of landscapes, the various kinds of people. OK. that is too much digression from the main topic. Getting back to the book, I really thought of taking it slow. Almost 2 weeks passed by when I got to that 50% mark in Kindle. But then yesterday I fell of the wagon and went on to complete the book overnight. Sometimes it feels like addiction to me. I just can’t control myself.
So here I am after completing that second 50% book of the book overnight and sleepy at work writing this post. No spoilers here. I ain’t gonna give one. But here are my 2 cents. It was a very good psychological drama thriller. Even though I felt that Rachel’s views and struggle got a bit repetitive and sort of made me irritable at times, it is how her character is. That is how she is supposed to be. So I can discount that. I should have guessed it a little bit later, it did take me by surprise how the plot was built and didn’t give us a clue as to who is what. It revolves around three women and their viewpoints at different time. That was another problem with the book. The time when the events take place goes back and forth but then even without you remembering them you can still figure out the timelines. Rachel, Anna and Megan all three connected in more ways than one. How their lives get interconnected by Rachel’s favorite past time of watching Megan’s life through the train windows and what she sees one fine day in Megan’s terrace.I felt as if I could really feel what Rachel is feeling , her frustration, her need to forget, her need to remember, her need to resolve, her need to eff it all and fall back to her ways; everything. Written very well, I would say. It is very gripping. A little slow at the beginning, but after half way through, it just races like the train which just got a green signal. You should definitely try it, if you like psychological thrillers.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
Life is not a paragraph, and death is no parenthesis.
He never understood that it’s possible to miss what you’ve never had, to mourn for it.
Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.
Who’s to say that once I run, I’ll find that isn’t enough? Who’s to say I won’t end up feeling exactly the way I do right now— not safe, but stifled? Maybe I’ll want to run again, and again, and eventually I’ll end up back by those old tracks , because there’s nowhere left to go. Maybe. Maybe not. You have to take the risk, don’t you?
There’s nothing so painful , so corrosive, as suspicion.
Here is another review of the book from a blog I follow. FYI: It does reveal a little bit more about the story than what you see in the blurbs.
I loved the book ‘Gone Girl‘ by Gillian Flynn (and my views on it was slightly emotional and too full of spoilers) and I did postrecently about my views on the trailer and how I am a little skeptical about Rosamund Pike playing Amy Dunne. Well, after watching the movie, if I was a hat wearing person, I would tip my hat off to her. Wow. What an incredible performance. Bloody brilliant. Especially the scene where she plays in the camera that she is being dragged in Desi’s house, that was whoa! And Ben Affleck plays the part perfectly well. But the best performance was by Rosamund Pike, no doubt. The screenplay, the sound effects both were very good. Of course, the background of why Amy behaves that way and how her parents are responsible is not explained in much detail, and honestly that would have become a little boring too, even though they did bring up about it when Nick talks about her parents in a book release function. But without that background and without all the thoughts of Nick when they are drifting apart and his close relationship with his parents and his broken home (his father is there only in one scene and not much is explained there) it sort of appears a little one sided, as in it portrays Amy as a clear cut villain except for the first 1 hour or so where my friends did get annoyed at Nick, whereas in the book there are too many in depth details and you would even feel bad for Amy sometimes. And then at the end you would feel happy that they are with each other and didn’t mess up anyone else’s life. I felt that they sort of deserved each other. But in the movie, it sort of portrayed that Nick was the victim. Some of the dialogues were very awesome and funny too.
Given the size of the book and the complexities and the history of the characters you can only do so much with the screenplay but they still managed to be very true to the book to the maximum level possible. The casting was too good. Carrie Coon as Margo was exactly like she was portrayed in the book. I did like the sound effects in this movie. One scene which I thought was well done, even though I think there could have been a little more emotion from Ben Affleck is when Amy comes back , with blood spattered on her dress, back to Nick and hugs him, he is taken aback for a while but then when the cameras flash he hugs her back and says in her ear ‘you f**king bitch’. That sort of summarizes their relationship. Surprisingly the sex scenes weren’t cut abruptly but were modified a bit to not show them clearly, which is much better than the abrupt cut and change of scene. Overall the movie was very well done and I liked how they related to the book well with a smart screenplay and a big thumbs up for Rosamund Pike for portraying Amy so well.