The Girl on the Train 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 cosy 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?


My thoughts

What can I say about this? Well it seems to be a bit of a Marmite – you either love it or hate it.

Personally I loved it, I found it an extremely gripping read with plenty of twists and turns  to keep you on the edge of your seat.
I enjoyed the way it was written and the fact that Rachel couldn’t be relied on, because she was drunk, and the way that happened came back to her in small bits a pieces after her blackouts. This makes it real, this is what can happen after a blackout.

If you like a good psychological thriller, this is for you, a great debut thriller from Hawkins who makes all her characters believable, though not likable in the slightest.

I would read it before the film is released though. And I for one am looking forward to seeing how it translates onto the screen. I only hope they do it justice.

I gave The Girl on the Train 4 out of 5* on Goodreads.


About Andrea Pryke

I have been collecting Marilyn Monroe items since 1990 and the collection includes around 400 books, as well as films, documentaries, dolls, records and all sorts of other items
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