The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: Review

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: ReviewThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
on January 13, 2015
Genres: Fiction

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?

Alexis says…

As you may know, most of my books need a romance of sort. But then there are times where I feel I need a cleansing of sorts and I will usually pick up a mystery. I heard for awhile about The Girl on the Train and how I had to read it. Again, it is something a bit out of the norm for me, but I thought “why not?!”.  Plus, it’s my #cleanofmykindle for June!

To be honest, I don’t even know how to really talk about this book without giving a bunch away. But I will try my hardest to keep it spoiler-free.

Rachel is a down on her luck divorcee with a serious drinking problem. Each day she rides the train to keep up appearances of having a job to her flatmate. While on the train each day, she has become a bit obsessed with a couple that she has given fictitious names to. When the wife goes missing, Rachel becomes determined and goes to extreme lengths to find out exactly what happened.

The Girl on the Train was not a light read. The author did a tremendous job chronicling Rachel’s alcoholism. Honestly, it made was almost disturbing which added to the suspense of the book.  I actually felt bad for her because it was not something she was proud of, yet could not get a handle on.  You could feel her struggle to fight off drinking but most of the time her inner demons won out. The wife’s disappearance seemed to be the one thing that gave Rachel any sort of validity in her life. It became her obsession.

This book was a slow burn for sure. There isn’t much dialogue which is hard for me to read. But, on the other hand, the author did a tremendous job at keeping me engaged. The story was also told from three POV’s, Rachel’s, Megan’s (the wife who disappeared), and Anna, (Rachel’s ex-husband’s new wife). The story had so many twists and turns, and I’m not going to lie, I had way too many theories going while reading. I actually was wrong until the very end-which is doesn’t happen very often. If you are looking for something a bit different and love mystery-then give this one a try!


About Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.