BOOK REVIEW: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

February 11, 2015

in Books

The Girl on the Train

I kept seeing this book everywhere as a must read and the next Gone Girl so of course I had to pick it up.

I can’t really explain exactly why, but the book hooked me pretty fast. There isn’t much action at the beginning. Instead you have a girl on a train, Rachel. She takes the same commuter train every day to and from London. And at a particular stop she looks into the lives of people living by the tracks. Kind of a modern day Harriet the Spy.

The story is told through the perspective of three women. Rachel, who is our commuter with a life that has fallen apart. Megan, a woman who lives in one of the houses that Rachel spies on. And Anna, Rachel’s replacement in her old home, the woman now married to Rachel’s ex-husband. Who happens to live just a few doors down from Megan.

The Girl on the Train is a mental thriller. There isn’t a whole lot of action. There aren’t chase scenes and there really wasn’t a lot of tension throughout the book. But it still gripped me. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t quite put my finger on why. Except that I wanted to know what was going to happen to the women in the story.

It is rare that I read a thriller or mystery where I haven’t figured it out by the end. This novel took me by surprise. And even if you are expecting to be surprised, I still don’t think you will figure it out.


0 stars – terrible
1 star – skip it
2 stars – ok
3 stars – enjoyable
4 stars – amazing
5 stars – life changing

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