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Girl on the train? Not a woman?
29 April 2018
Although the actual story of girl on the train is riveting, albeit a little predictable, I feel it was marred somewhat by the lack of empathetic, strong female characters. Rachel is in no way a "girl on the train" she is a thirty something woman, who has been through a career, marriage, marriage breakdown and a personal breakdown, but still she is a "girl".
I find it difficult to accept in this day and age that the author could not find a positive female character to include in the story. Rachel is an alcoholic and accepts what Tom says about her; Megan moves from one abusive relationship to another and like Anna unable to influence men in any way other than by using her looks or sexual appeal. Even the minor characters like the police officer Riley who lacks compassion for Rachel's plight and Rachel's flatmate who is portrayed as being overly patient with Rachel's alcoholism, have no other redeeming feature that would give them depth of strength.
I may be being a little over analytical but it strikes me that there are no positive female characters but there are a couple of positive male characters. The women in the novel are either victims, distrusting or both.
Apart from that, it is definitely a page turner.