Review: The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

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Book Info

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 336 (hardcover)
Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Website: Paula Hawkins official website
The Girl on the Train on Goodreads
Paula Hawkins Amazon author page
My Review Copy: Purchased
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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.Goodreads

My Pick One Favorite
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Life is not a paragraph, and death is no parenthesis.
Character: Rachel
I once read a book by a former alcoholic where she described giving oral sex to two different men, men she’d just met in a restaurant on a busy London high street. I read it and thought, I’m not that bad. This is where the bar is set.
Even though she may have her own problems, Rachel legitimately tries to right her wrongs and to become a better person. Her demons cause her a lot of trouble, but her heart is in the right place which makes her a good person deep down. That is why she’s my favorite character in this story, even if most people can’t stand her.

Thoughts About The Book
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The Girl on the Train has gotten a lot of hype. In a nutshell, the story is about this women, Rachel, who rides the morning and evening commute train every day – she also happens to be a drunk. When the train stops mid trip, she can see this couple sitting on their back porch and Rachel fantasizes about what her life could be like if only she were so lucky. Only one day when the train stops, she sees something she shouldn’t have and from there on is inserted into this spiral of a mystery that may land herself in trouble if she’s not careful. 

Between constantly hearing how amazing this story is to seeing the book posted to Bookstagram, on display at the book store, or talked about at work, I felt as if I were missing some amazing and new physiological mystery thriller. So what did I do??  I went and bought myself a hardcover copy. After reading it, I feel a little let down. Not that the book was bad, it was actually pretty enjoyable, but I could nail down the main “villain” within the first 30 pages of the book. And within the first 20 pages I was able to foresee a lot of the “secrets” about Rachel when they weren’t actually revealed until the end of the book. What I did like though, is how Paula Hawkins highlights the flaws of different characters and gives some insight as to why these characters act the way they do. I appreciate Hawkins taking that leap to spread word about issues that people are often too quick to judge. So even though there were some major letdowns, I am glad I read this book.


Depends – Hawkins creates some gritty characters, and none are particularly likeable, so if you need a “hero” character to hold on to, you won’t find it in this book. If you’re also a NCIS/Law and Order/Mystery junkie like me, then I think you’ll find the villain is predictable, but the story still highlights some intriguing topics so it may still be worth the read.

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