Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review 'The Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins the Same

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

Until Today

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

The Facts:

Publication Date:
January 15th, 2015
Psychological Thriller
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
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My Review:

Who hasn’t heard about ‘The Girl on the Train’? Almost everyone in the reading community has either read this book, wanted to read this book or didn’t want to read it. Everywhere you looked people were talking about this book. And now the first trailers of the movie are out there.
So.. for me.. I have been wanting to read this book ever since it came out. The book description sounded fascinating, and I really like psychological thrillers. Somehow I just didn’t find the time to start it. But finally there was a little room in my reading schedule and I decided to finally dive into this book and find out what the fuss was all about.

From the very beginning I found the writing style in ‘The Girl on the Train’ very intriguing. This book alters between three different point of views, which made this read interesting, sometimes a little confusing (but in a good way) and definitely fun to read.
The thing that was confusing was that when I thought I had the slightest idea about what was really going on, something in the other point of view was being said that made me question everything. I think this was definitely one of the strong points about this book.

Another strong point about this book was that it was so intriguing that it made you want to keep on reading. I just really wanted to know what was going on. But the fact that I found this read very intriguing, didn’t mean I liked it all the time. Nope. There were definitely a view times that I found the story a little boring. There just wasn’t a lot happening. These were most of all the parts about main character Rachel, and her drinking adventures. I know why we had to read those parts, but it really bored me a little. Which was a little frustrating because I also didn’t want to stop because I wanted to know what was going on.

The characters in this book were definitely something else. The main character Rachel was just sad to read about. She was a drunk, living her life stuck in the past, commuting with the train everyday just to keep up appearance about her going to work.
Megan, was very different than Rachel, at least in most parts. Megan was married, had a dark past and seemed to be working on her problems.
Anna was happily married, had a baby and was living the life she wanted. It really was a lot of fun to read all these different point of views. And it made you think all kinds of scenarios.

Normally, after finishing a book, I sit down behind the laptop and start typing right away. I’m always scared to lose things if I don’t write them right away. But when I finished reading ‘The Girl on the Train’, I really just didn’t know what to write. So I took a view days to really think about it.
I can’t say I loved this book. But I did really enjoy it. ‘The Girl on the Train’ was definitely interesting and intriguing, everything you would want in a thriller. And I can definitely see why this book got so much attention. It was really put together in a smart and interesting way that keeps the reader hooked to the pages. When the movie comes out, I will definitely go see it!

My Rating:

The Movie Trailer:

About the Author:

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.

For more information about Paula Hawkins please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. I am glad you liked this one, Maureen! I did too, although, like you, I found it slow in spots. I think Anna was my least favorite of the three women. I just never warmed to her.

    1. I totally agree.. Anna was also my least favorite character. Mostly because I felt like I knew Rachel and Megan, at least a little, at the end. But Anna still remained a mystery. And she just had this crazy part about her.
      I can't wait to see the movie. ;)


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