Book Review: The Girl On The Train

Title – The Girl On The Train | Author – Paula Hawkins | Category – Thriller | Publication – January 13th 2015 by Riverhead Books | Goodreads – | Rating – 4/5


The 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?

Overall Impression

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

‘The girl on the train’ is told by three narrators – Rachel, Megan and Anna. Their lives are entwined by relationships, the suburban place where they live and the train that goes past it.

What makes the story good is that all the characters that show up are messed up and terrible. You get warmed up to someone and pity their existence based their POV. Bam. Next chapter you hate them or feel sick of their actions.

The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.

There is a disappearance which soon actually turns out to be a murder. Each POV leads up to the backdrop of the suspects and victim. Soon each turns as unreliable as the before. Their views are shaded by their desires,prejudice and emotions. All are diverting enough to confuse the readers about what actually happened to the victim.

What I liked most was writing about the behind scenes of habits that we public mostly frown upon and move away. The protagonist Rachel makes us rethink about time needed to grieve, collect yourself and regain lost strength. I felt disgust and pity for the character at the beginning but all I felt in the end was compassion and a need to cheer her along.

This book is made to a movie to be released soon. Check out the trailer of ‘The girl on the train’.


One thought on “Book Review: The Girl On The Train

  1. As per review i would like to read this book before watching the movie….as you said its having a multi narration and their relationship are intertwined that might able to create some short of confusion and developing views on characters ……in that case concentrated reading is required …..well will read it ASAP for better judgement.

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