The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

the girl on the train coverBlurb from, please scroll down for my review.
A debut psychological thriller about a woman who becomes emotionally entangled in a murder investigation because of something she witnesses on her daily commute.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and every night. Every day she rattles over the same track junctions, flashes past the same stretch of cozy suburban homes. And every day she stops at the same signal and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof deck, living the perfect life that Rachel craves for herself—a lifestyle she recently lost. She looks forward to observing this household every morning, even makes up names and narratives for its residents. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden, and soon after, the woman who lived there disappears.

Unable to keep this information to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and in the process is drawn into the lives of the couple she thought of as Jason and Jess but whose names—she has learned from the news—are really Megan and Scott Hipwell.

But the police accuse Rachel of being unreliable, and it’s true that her memories can’t always be trusted. Plus there are the stories that her ex-husband’s new wife has been spreading about her. By the time Megan’s body is found, Rachel is in over her head, intricately entangled in the details of the investigation, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she put others in danger? 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.

My Review
Rachel is the main character in the novel, she is hiding a few secrets which are revealed as you read on, she is annoying, but there were times I felt sorry for her, a bit of a like and dislike character.

She isn´t who you think she is, The Girl on  the Train. And what she sees gazing out of the window will change everything.

As she travels daily on the train to work, she creates her own little world, loads of people can relate to this, the same journey, the same faces, etc. and when she sees something from the window one day and feels she need to go to the police, and report it, but she doesn´t leave it at that, she gets involved, she can’t leave things be. The story starts slow, with the tension building as you read on. This leads Rachel into some difficulties. Alongside Rachel there are there are two narrators in the book, Anne and Megan.  I didn’t particularly enjoy these other character either, but don’t let that put you off, this is part of the novel, at least I thought so. You need to pay attention to the chapter headings, they have dates and this is important overall.
This is a very clever book, well written, flows nicely, with twists and turns I didn’t expect.
One of the best debut novels I have read this year, a definite read for those who love psychological thrillers and cannot put down books. One of my top books this year, highly recommended.

paula hawkinsAbout 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.


about the book
genre: psychological thriller
File Size: 1089 KB
Print Length: 326 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857522329
Publisher: Riverhead (January 13, 2015)
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Language: English

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