I read The Girl on the Train, written by New York Times Best Selling author Paula Hawkins, when it was at the top of its hype last year. A psychological thriller reminiscent of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, it kept me relatively on edge for most of the novel, wanting to know what happened to each character.
Here is the quick and dirty version of the plot summary: the story follows the life of alcoholic Rachel Watson, who she finds herself in one of the lowest slumps she has ever been in, divorced and jobless. While riding the train to and from New York City where she worked, she would drink herself into oblivion and watch this seemingly perfect couple live their lives, all right down the road from where she used to reside with her ex-husband. In the spirit of leaving out any spoilers, the perfect couple is not as perfect as they seemed externally, and the wife mysteriously goes missing. Rachel begins to feel purpose as she tries to decode what happened on that fateful night, just to find herself end up in the middle of the tangled web of deceit and dangerous behavior.
I saw the movie last weekend with my mother who was dying to see it, even though she did not read the book. The plot was kind of hard to follow with its alternating points of view and non-linear order of events in the book; I was very interested to see how they were going to make everything make sense in the movie version without spelling it out. My mom was a little confused by it, but she was able to understand it well enough and pick up on all the subtle clues.
Overall, it is not the best movie I have ever seen in the world, nor the worst. It was a little long for my taste, and at times slow. Emily Blunt though, who played Rachel Watson, acted superbly. Her acting though was not enough to make the film stand out. It was not un-entertaining though, so if you are a mild fan of mystery or just a fan of Emily Blunt, I would definitely suggest seeing it.