Friday, 6 March 2015

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins ****

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins ****

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.

'Gripping, enthralling - a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read' S J WATSON, bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep
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.
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…

Review – No spoilers!!
After all the hype about this book I couldn’t wait to start it as have heard nothing but good reviews about it! It started off fine and I quickly got into it and read a quarter of the book in one go! It was after this that I found it to be a bit repetitive . The chapters go from one character to the other (Rachel being the main character, Anna and Megan). The chapters then go to the different characters but tell you the same story, therefore being quite repetitive and I found myself having to look several times to see which character I was reading about.

I found Rachel to be an interesting character. I actually felt sorry for her as she slipped into alcoholism due to the break up of her marriage and the effects this had on her day to day life. It was quite scary reading about how she had bouts of total blackness through drink and it was good how the author wrote about her trying (almost too hard at times) to remember things that had happened in the past.
I actually did read some of this book on the train and found several people looking at me whilst I was reading it! So I am glad I read it and can imagine it being a film (which I would definitely go and see!).
The ending was very good and found myself getting quite anxious to read the very last pages to find out what happened! All in all, a good thriller and would definitely read another book of Paula’s!!


  1. Great review there. I have heard lots of good things about this book, but haven't read it yet. It is on my tbr list though.

  2. I must recommend reading The Girl on the Train: A Novel.
    I just finished reading it today, and my conclusion is that its a very interesting book to read.

    I brought mine from Amazon and I got it in just 2 days.
    Here is a link for the book on Amazon:
    The Girl on the Train: A Novel