The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins



Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
# of Pages: 336
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Release Date: January 13th, 2015
Buy: Amazon | Chapters 




Summary: (Goodreads)

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

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?


The Girl on the Train is an addictive ride from beginning to end. The story is told through the eyes of three very different women; Rachel, Megan and Anna. One is a liar, one is a cheater and one is an alcoholic, you just don’t know who to trust!

Rachel is the girl on the train. Every day she rides the train, and every day the train stops long enough for her to watch a couple outside their house. Rachel has become obsessed with imagining the life of this couple, she has even named them “Jess and Jason”. One morning Rachel witnesses something that changes everything and she is pulled into the lives of Jess and Jason.

Throughout the story the secrets of Rachel, Megan and Anna are revealed. They each come to find that there is much more happening below the surface than they ever could have imagined. I really enjoyed the pace Paula Hawkins laid out for this story, I never felt bored or as if things were moving too slowly. The characters were all so dimensional. They were complex and interesting, not only the main characters but the secondary characters as well. As soon as I thought I had the story figured out, another twist was thrown in and I’d start guessing all over again! The Girl on the Train was wonderfully written and I highly recommend it for anyone who loved a good thriller. I can’t wait to see how The Girl on the Train transfers onto the big screen!

Rating: 5/5

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