Book Review – The Girl On The Train

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Title: The Girl On The Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

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

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?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: I saw this book in Sainsbury, and I got curious. From the first page, I was hooked. Oh why am I a sucker for these psychological thrillers where everyone gradually loses their minds?

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Rachel’s husband has left her, she’s an alcoholic who has giant gaping holes in her memory from her alcoholicism, and she fantasises about a couple that she sees on the way to ‘work.’ This couple has a whole host of problems just like Rachel’s ex-husband and his new wife who happen to live down the street. From the perspectives of Rachel, Megan – the woman that Rachel names Jess – and Anna, Rachel’s replacement, we see the story unfold.

This book brought back the thrill of reading ‘Gone Girl’ and I loved it. I loved seeing all the characters descend into insanity and evilness, and seeing the story unravel as different memories are regained.

The only character in this book that I actually liked was Cathy – Rachel’s flatmate and landlady. Everyone else is a total crackpot. At least Cathy’s relatively normal – in comparison to all the psychotic nutjobs here.


Even though none of the characters were likeable in any way, I still loved reading this. It gradually eased me into the characters, and got me invested in their twisted lives. I especially became interested in Anna – the mistress-turned-wife. She’s one of the craziest of them all, especially how she describes the feeling of meeting up with a married man and the thrill of it.

I have to give this book a five star rating because it is that good. I wholly understand why people have been raving about this book on social media – it’s freaking awesome!!!!


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