The Girl on the Train

Genre: Thriller / Psychological / Mystery
Publisher : Doubleday
Paula Hwakins
By Paula Hawkins


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?



Screenshot_20160611-190915.jpgI decided to write my review of the book given that the movie adaptation is coming out this month. I had picked up the book from the best sellers shelf in the airport, let me say it was the most expensive book I’d ever bought and at that stage i didn’t even hear about the hype of it.

I found the story very gripping, its definitely one of the books that hard to put down. Its a dark thriller which keeps you guessing at whats going on but without it getting too annoying.
I enjoyed the layout of the story that it was like a diary entry giving the day and time, really helped get the story in the correct order in an easy way. Although it did get a little confusing at some stages where i found myself flicking back through the book to check for dates. I also enjoyed that it wasn’t only one narrator. The story really came together from having three different point of views.
The story seemed a bit slow and repetitive to start off, the  pace does finally pick up as things start to unfold. The characters weren’t overly developed, you got the main idea of what they are like but I felt like finer touches were missing. The fact that there were 3 narrators as interesting from the story point of you lacked personalities and sounded very much like the same person in a different voice.
The ending was exciting and I for one was not expecting it. I had suspicions of the “who” but definitely not the why or the how it happened or what lead to it. Although the ending was exciting and action packed the way everything is then tied up was a little disappointing.


The book was a good read, easily laid out. Exciting ending. However the slow pace through so much of the book was a little bit of a let down, hopefully that slow start will not be adapted into the movie and perhaps make it better than the book but we shall see. I feel a bit generous giving this a 3 out of 5 stars but parts of it do deserve it. I probably would recommend this book but at this stage people have either read or heard or well going to watch the movie.

3stars (1)


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