Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  • Author: Paula Hawkins 
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House  
  • Series or Standalone: Standalone 
  • Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Crime 
  • Source or Bought: Bought from a charity shop 
  • Goodreads Rating: 3.91 

” I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.” 


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… 

My Review:

This is one of those books that I’ve seen in every charity shop for the past few years, as is the case with wildly popular books, I’m looking at you Da Vinci Code. So, I decided to give it a go with fairly low expectations, I’ve got to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised, the killer wasn’t obvious for the first half of the book and the author really seemed to be trying to show us the way rather than tell us. 

 The book follows Rachels investigation/interference into the disappearance and murder of a woman she sees most days from the train. I liked how the victim was given some time in the book to tell her story as this led to more of an investment in solving her murder than if it was just a stranger to us, the reader. 

 Rachel, a depressed alcoholic obsessively clings to her old life with her ex-husband. She is portrayed as a selfish, impulsive wreck of a woman and honestly, I spent 90% of the book rolling my eyes at her. She does redeem herself too me but you’ll have to read the book to find out how. Overall, I really enjoyed the plot and the theme of hidden personalities and pasts that rippled under the surface of the story. I know that this novel has received polarising options but as someone who went into it completely blind, I did enjoy It and would recommend it too anyone wanting to dip their toes into the Thriller/crime genre. Happy Reading!

My Rating: 3.5/5

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