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Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


Psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the last moment. Everyone is suspect and everything is skewed.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

22557272The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


4 Suspicious Kitties!


This is going to be a shorter review since there are so many reviews of this book out there. It is super popular and will be becoming a major motion picture this October. Link to the trailer here: The Girl on the Train Teaser Trailer. I’m really excited to see this book come to life. I think it will be an awesome movie. I also think they will have to change some things around, but this would be a movie I really wouldn’t care if they didn’t make it exactly like the book so I could experience new perspectives. For some reason I thought it was out in July, but alas I must wait until October. It will be worth it.

The story follows 3 different women in the present and also flashes back to the past. My favorite narrative was probably Megan. She was just really interesting and had some secrets that I wanted to figure out. Anna mostly got on my nerves. Rachel was pretty annoying as well, but I wanted to help her. I felt pity for her most of the time, but other times I wanted to shake her. She made some bad decisions and hurt people that were just trying to help her. She was kind of manipulating at times with her roommate. I wasn’t sure about anything because Rachel wasn’t sure about anything and she is the person who is supposed to guide us to find the killer, but even she is suspicious.

I was about 75-80% into this book before I realized this was mostly inner monologue from the 3 main characters. There is little interaction with people that isn’t inside of someone’s head.

The mystery keeps you guessing until the end. Hawkins made me suspect everyone. I guarantee you won’t be able to say without a shadow of a doubt who the killer is. You will have thoughts and suspicions and theories, but you won’t be able to narrow it down to one person until it’s all said and done. I’m not going to say I was surprised though. The book made me suspicious of everyone so I already suspected this person, but I couldn’t be for sure.

This book was definitely worth the read. The writing is spectacular and the story will keep you engaged and guessing.



What did y’all think about this book?

What did you think about Rachel’s character? Love? Hate?

Did you guys have a good fourth of July weekend?


9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  1. After all the hype, I really wanted to love this book and I didn’t. I found the main character annoying and at points completely frustrating. Great twist at the end though I couldn’t figure that one out. I will still see the film and like you say it may bring different perspectives.


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