Title:The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
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.
Twice a day, I am offered a view into other lives, just for a moment. There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home. -Pg 12
I quite enjoyed this novel. There was a lot of hype regarding this book when I purchased it, but I’m glad I did! Rachel has an interesting view on her ‘commute’ and I quite enjoyed the way she made up stories on her commute. I liked the way Hawkins developed her character and actually gave us insight into her character and why she is the way she is-I’m too much of a nosey parker to not enjoy that character development. I like understanding why people tick they way they tick sometimes.
The novel did make me pause and think in between the days/chapters for the information Hawkins divulges and develops with her characters. It is a thriller with a bit of mystery, after all. I found that Hawkins had me hooked within a few pages into the characters and their interconnected web. Although most people found that you cannot really link this to Gone Girl, I found that if you liked Gone Girl, you’ll like this.
Rating: 4/5: I genuinely enjoyed this thriller. A lot of people didn’t and that is okay if it wasn’t your cup of tea. The hype was a lot, but I tried to distance myself as much as I could from the hype when I started this novel. The novel kept me wanting more, and delivered throughout the turns throughout. Hawkins did lead you down certain paths, however, but I liked the elements she provided.
Please note all opinions are my own.