Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

My Review:

I don’t tend to stray too far from my paranormal fancies. So to read a thriller, was quite a big step for me. It was recommended to me by a couple of people, and I saw that it was getting a lot of ‘face time’ on the best seller list – so I thought, bugger it, I’m going to give it a go! I’m so glad I did. It was one of those books that I simply couldn’t put down – and although I know that is a massive cliche, and I personally hate cliches, but it’s true.

From a writer’s perspective, it was very cleverly written from three people’s perspectives at different times through the story, a kind of tapestry to show the whole picture. The characters were deep, well thought through, yet completely normal people – so it made the plot that much more believable. I loved the pace of the book, and it actually did something to me, that any other book hasn’t done (so far) I can’t say what it is, for fear of ruining it for you, but you just have to read it and post a comment to me and let me know if you got it too…

The front cover is clever, as the train has a massive part to play in the story – although I’m guessing that thrillers are not as open to fun and vivid covers that paranormal books are.

Overall, I’d give The Girl on the Train, 5 out of 5 stars – a perfect English thriller that captures your attention and won’t let it go – be warned, if you start this book, you’d better have the time to give it!



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