1 September 2016

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins - Book Review

The Girl on the Train is the bestseller in all bookshops today - I'm sure you've noticed it yourself. It's the black bulky book standing next to number 1 on the 'most-red' shelf. Crime fiction is definitely not my genre but I had to make an exception for this book and give it a try. It didn't disappoint me.

Rachel is a thirty-something year old girl with a job in Central London she gets to by train. She is single, an alcoholic and constantly on the verge of a nervous crisis. Every morning and evening, she finds herself looking out of the train window, watching a perfect-looking couple having breakfast, calling them Jason and Jess and feeling almost as if she knew them. Until one day something changes in their life and she gets entangled not just into the investigation, but in the lives of everyone involved.

I had the impression that The Girl on the Train wasn't, after all, that groundbreaking. It reminded me very much of Gone Girl by Gyllian Flynn, from the black book cover to the clever female protagonist and the rapid paced rhythm of the book. This made me wonder whether the two books simply happened to fit in the female psychological thrillers category or The Girl on the Train took part in the literary shadow left by Gone Girl. But then, all authors get inspired to others' literary work, and this being Hawkins's debut novel, she did a great job.

Besides that, I enjoyed reading the book for its smooth, easy but very emotionally descriptive style. The plot is great, although it fell a little flat towards the end. I liked the building up of the tension towards getting to know the culprit, but when I found out I wasn't stunned as I thought I would be.

One thing it made me think of is how little we know about people behind their external appearance: Jason and Jess turn out to be so different from what they look like to a stranger, and yet

The Girl on the Train is a read for anyone, anytime: I enjoyed it very much and would definitely recommend it. What were your thoughts about the book?

Goodreads: 4/5

My edition: Paula Hawkins, 2015. The Girl on the Train. London: Doubleday.


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  2. Brian, along with everybody else, absolutely loves this book! He encouraged me to read it one day, I just haven't gotten around to it! Glad you enjoyed it, too :)


    1. Well Lor, once you do it's gonna take you a few days, if not hours to read! It's one of those stay-up-all-night books, definitely worth checking out :D