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My review of Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Genre: Mystery, Thriller


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?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

3.5 stars! Haunting.  Thrilling.  You will never see the end coming!

I have so many mixed feelings about this story. The first half I found was a bit slow with it slowly climaxing to the end. Total one of those “the butler did it” books. I did like that it changed POV from Rachel, Megan and Anna.

Rachel starts out a total spaz but as you get to know her you realize that her psychotic episodes are justified….but pretty much most part of the book you are thinking “this bitch is crazy” lol. So let me tell you a little about Rachel. She lives with a roommate and travels to work on the train often staring out the window, daydreaming. One couple in particular always draws her attention. They always seem so very much in love, drinking their morning coffee on the terrace. She doesn’t know them so she affectionately names them Jason and Jess.

Clearly early on you realize that Rachel is an alcoholic. Her binge drinking is getting out of control. When she wakes up she has no memory of what she said or did. Her ex-husband Tom, is often the brunt of her binges where she will call his house all hours of the night and sometimes even shows up.
This doesn’t settle well with Anna. Anna was Tom’s mistress and the reason for the divorce and is now his new wife. Anna is fed up with Rachel constantly on Tom’s case to do something about her.

Now in comes Megan. It’s hard to divulge on Megan without spoiling too much of the story but what I can tell you is Megan is Jess, the girl in Rachel’s perfect couple that she often see’s out the train window.

Well one particular morning Rachel witnesses Jess kissing another man in their garden. She is furious with her and wants to know why she would cheat on someone like Jason. (Told she is crazy lol). Anyway so one night she travels to their neighborhood (also her ex-husband’s current neighborhood!) only to wake up bloodied, bruised and with no memory of the night before.

She also then learns that Jess aka Megan is missing. So now starts the story where she tries to piece together her memory and what really happened that night. But things and people are not what they appear. Who is behind Megan’s disappearance? You have to keep reading because the ending is oh so worth it.


Paula Hawkins

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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.

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