Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Girl On The Train | Book Review

Author: Paula Hawkins
Genre: Psychological thriller
Rating: 4/5

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?


I can't believe how fast I flew through the pages of this book. The beginning was a bit slow-paced but, as the plot began to pick up, I found myself unable to stop flipping the pages.

All of the characters are different, complex, and very well developed. I really liked how flawed and real Rachel was; she was not that typical picture-perfect female character we often see on books. She’s a depressed and unemployed alcoholic who is still in love with her cheating ex-husband, Tom. Then we have Megan, who has a very traumatic past and a turbulent present; she also was a very flawed character, full of self-loathing and inner-conflicts. And, last but not least, we have Anna, who didn’t even bother to hide her bitchiness.

I also really liked the style it was written in: it was as if I was reading diary entries from these three very unreliable narrators. Each chapter was written in one of the character’s point of view and, as they were kind of diary entries, they had dates and they specified whether it was morning, afternoon, or evening. In my opinion, the plot was really easy to follow thanks to this style.

All of the characters in this book, ALL of them, are completely unreliable, twisted, and damaged at some degree. Well, except for Anna and Tom’s infant. And we have a total of seven characters that all seem to be the culprit at some point of the story.

Paula Hawkins does a wonderful job with both the character development and the mystery elements, always with great attention to detail, and fully established backstories and motivations from each character. There might even be parts in the book where you’ll even cringe at some of the choices made by a character, but you’ll notice that they completely make sense for the character in question.

If you’re looking for a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and trying to guess who the culprit is, then I recommend this book to you. Keep in mind that it’s a bit slow-paced at the beginning, but it picks up and will get you hooked!

Have you read The Girl On The Train?
What are your thoughts on it?

Lots of Love,


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