The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins #review




Title : The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Published: 2015
Pages:: 316
Format:: Print


Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.


And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

Girl on the Train is a good read. It is not however Gone Girl as the marketing people who clearly haven’t read the book attempt to imply it is. Apparently this is how books are now marketed by suggesting similarities with best sellers, because every reader wants to do nothing but read varying replicas of their favourite book. The only similarity is that both are thrillers and people go missing and people die in both books. Nothing more. Which for that matter could be compared to the storyline of many thrillers.

I enjoyed this book and while not perfect it was an entertaining and fast read. The protagonist who clearly has issues often did things not exactly winning the reader over. She is like the person in Adele’s song Hello. Could you please just move on already. Hitting a slump is one thing but this woman after a breakup just hits rock bottom. To keep herself going she sits on the train every day and stares at the lives of others imagining what she will to pass the time. One such couple that has caught her attention warrants a closer look after a moment seen from the train and this begins Rachel immersing herself into the lives she has been watching from the train. Obsession, depression, lies and deceit are all covered within The Girl on the Train. A good entertaining thriller.


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