I spent about 30 minutes reading the novel, and I put it aside for a few weeks. I found the beginning so dry and repetitive that I just wasn't drawn in. Rachel, the protagonist, seemed so dull and unlikable, and it seemed as thought there was no plot. I didn't see any hints of twists and turns to come that made me want to keep reading. I went through a few other novels instead. This past weekend, The Girl on the Train was back at the top of my "to read" pile. I gave it another go, and I am so glad that I did.
While the novel is slow to start, the action is worth the wait. The mysterious story of the disappearance of a stranger that Rachel often noticed as she took the train to work every day gets juicy. Once Megan disappeared and Rachel placed herself in the middle of the police case, I couldn't put the novel down. The different characters' stories wove together seamlessly. I was pleasantly surprised by the climax of the story, and I found the resolution to be satisfying (unlike Gone Girl!).
Food for thought... Can you think of a novel that you nearly wrote off due, but ended up loving? Tell me about it!