The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Girl on the TrainA debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Format: Ebook (Kindle)
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Published: 15th January 2015
Pages: 336 Pages

The Blurb
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?

Rating: 4/5

The Review
The Girl on the Train was read as part of my work book club and it was chosen by a colleague for its excitement and mystery.

You follow the lives of both Megan and Rachel and how they are involved in a missing persons case, which eventually turns into a murder. It has a whodunnit element attached and you found yourself wanting to know who the murderer is. The relationship between both ladies is unexpected and although they never meet (I may be wrong here) their actions have an impact on one another.

It’s sad to say that I didn’t enjoy the novel as much as I thought I would. The hype and popularity is definitely overplayed and I felt that I was let down on several occasions. I know the nature of mysteries is for you to guess who the culprit is, but during this time nothing remotely happened. The pace of the novel felt like that of a train, slow and steady with a hint of a sprint. Maybe this was intentional – who knows!

Although I seem to be bashing the novel, I did give a 4 out of 5 rating. The reason behind this is because I felt that all characters, not just Rachel and Megan, were well thought out and had depth. Not once did you feel like you knew nothing about anyone or question why they were involved – each of them fitted in perfectly. Rachel was my favourite and I felt really sorry for her because I don’t think she ever wanted to rely on drink to cope with life. She was treated badly because people presumed she was an alcoholic when she was probably the most sane out of them all.


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