Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


Category: Fiction

Published: 2015

Read: 2015/2016 (First book of the new year)

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: 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?

Girl_on_the_Train_Quote_WhisperingWordsDesign Review: This is a thriller and one fast paced read. You get the story from three women’s perspective. The first (and main) women is Rachel, the girl on the train. Than you get her husbands new wife Anna and as well the missing women Megan. All are such individual types of women with different lives but they all intersect different ways.

What I really liked about the women is that they are all strong in their own ways even if you don’t realize it. Rachel is a alcoholic but she does what she can to overcome it and you see the struggles. It felt real, what people go through when they are having these issues of drinking and not only drinking but drinking so much you black out.

The night that Megan disappears Rachel is there, and she is drunk and she doesn’t remember anything. This starts the spiral down of events that lead up to the action packed conclusion.

I found it really fast paced read, I read it in about four days. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to find out what happened to Megan and who did it. It also reminded me of a Hitchcock story. You see something outside a window of other people you don’t know and it changes your life. Plus the mystery and who done it, also reminded me a Hitchcock story.

Closer to the end I was very sure I knew who the culprit was. I was right 😉 But it was a good conclusion none the less.

The reason I didn’t give it a 5 star rating is because it was a little confusing at times until you got in to the story more and got to know the characters more. Plus I think I hyped it up SO much from how big the book blew up that I did expect a little more. I hate when that happens.

This is a good story if you like the thrillers, or the Gone Girl type of books. Although I have never read that one, a lot of my co-workers have read both and compare them to being along the same lines. I can see why this was defiantly the book of the year. This is also one of those books that your either going to love it or going to hate it. For the most part I thought it was a really good read and I am happy to have read it.


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