I believe many of you, heard, or watched firstly the movie, then read the book. The same story is with me. To be honest it is always better to read something firstly, but that is not always the case.
The movie came out in 2016 , and became the attraction, all over the world. There was as always two sides, one who adore it, and the other who hates it. Since I am a fan of drama, mystery movies, I liked it. I was not too enthusiastic, but it was good. A year after that, i bought a book, and I am not disappointed. In many cases it will be hard to read something after you watched it, but it is THE SAME to me guys. The movie follows the book, in every step. So I guess that’s the reason. Of course there much more details in book, more descriptions of some situations, but it is also important to use and pick right things from book, when making a movie, and not lose the concept. And that is the case here.
“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 mold yourself through the gaps”
Differences between movie and book
- Book: Rachel who drinks gin and tonic in a can.
Movie: Rachel drinks vodka out of a water bottle.
- Book: Cathy is a bit of a wet blanket who lets Rachel walk all over her, until Rachel’s alcoholism proves impossible to ignore. Movie: More assertive. She talks to Rachel about blackouts, gets mad when she finds out Rachel lost her job, and her threats to kick Rachel out carry a lot more weight.
- Book: Rachel finds purpose in solving the mystery of Megan’s disappearance, becoming a very bumbling sleuth.
Movie: Rachel doesn’t really have a choice about her involvement in the case: Right after Megan’s disappearance, Detective Riley confronts her about her activities the night of the disappearance.
- Book: Rachel and Megan’s husband, Scott, develop an emotional bond over the course of the novel. Rachel meets Scott’s mom, tells Scott about her alcoholism, and tells him that Tom is her ex-husband. Also they have sex!
Movie: They don’t have sex, though we do get a sneaky close-up of Luke Evans’s lower abs.
- Book: Scott reads Megan’s emails. After learning that she’s had an affair he throws her against a wall, choking her. After he confronts Rachel about her lies, he physically drags her into a room in his house and locks her up.
Movie: Megan doesn’t confess her affair, but when she returns from a tryst, Scott sees her and lunges after her. His confrontation with Rachel takes place at her house, and though it seems like he’s on the brink of hurting her, it doesn’t go very far.
- Book: After her disappearance, the story of Megan’s baby spurs another round of headlines.
Movie: We hear the story of the baby’s death, but that’s about it.
- Book: Tom lies about being in the army, and he lies about being estranged from his parents.
Movie: No army buddies, no parents.
- Book: Megan senses that someone is watching her as she gets in the car with Tom.
Movie: Megan sees Rachel in the tunnel, and tells Tom that Rachel is there too. It’s a minor change, but it undercuts the theme of the two women’s connection.
- Book: As Tom viciously beats Rachel in their kitchen, Rachel considers the possibility that Anna’s going to let him kill her. But from Anna’s perspective, we see how nervous she is around him, and how she presents a happy facade during the final confrontation so he won’t hurt the baby.
Movie: Anna stares through a window.
Every day, Rachel is travelling with the same train, passes by the house that she used to live, remembering her previous life, that she lose forever. Among many family houses, in quiet neighborhood, she is constantly watching at one happily married couple. But, the reality is far away from this idealistic picture, and she will found out soon. What is behind closed doors of one perfectly looked couple?
When the crime is happened, Rachel will figure out that she is involved more than she remembers. Trying to find out the truth, she must confront her past, and her own demons. While her bitter memories, and ghost of past are sneaking and getting her drowned deeper and deeper, the truth is much closer than anyone can imagine.
“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”
― Paula Hawkins,