Book Review: Girl On The Train

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

By Paula Hawkins

  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Release: January 13, 2015
  • Category: Thriller

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?



I would like to start by saying that this is the first thriller book I have read in a really long time; since high school. And the verdict is: I’m officially hooked on this genre again. How did I forget about thrillers?

So I read this as part of a book club and I’m so glad I joined. TGOTT tugs you into the story fairly quickly, that is, once your brain gets used to the flipping narration. Honestly, I can’t complain about the narration flips because it helps you build up the characters in your mind and you learn to love, hate, sympathize, and/or detest each of the female characters. 

This book exercises your brain. If you are looking for a mindless read this is not for you. It is extremely well written, and really makes you wonder throughout story about each of the characters. The book kept me excited. I was constantly trying to figure out Rachel, Jess, Jason and every other character in the book. I started trusting characters, and then I changed my mind. This book is fantastically intricate but simply compiled, so that it keeps you engaged until the end.

In the beginning of the book I honestly did not like Rachel; I thought she was a train wreck; pun intended. The more I read, the more I felt sorry for her, and then I started relating to her. How weird, right, to go through all those feelings about the main character? But it was genius on the part of the author! She pulls your heart and head strings through Rachel’s actions, life, and story and those she has entangled into her story, but was it really Rachel that did the entangling? (Inserts evil laugh).

Early on, I kind of had a feeling about who the proverbial “bad guy” would be. I was right, but this book had me so confused, I change my mind so many times, and it wasn’t confirmed till pretty close to the end. This book is so fabulous, I didn’t want to put it down. I craved to figure it out, and to me this is the signature of a truly great book.

I really enjoyed being surprised by all the twists and turns this book provided. One of the best reads I’ve had in a long time. So I give this book 5 Nerd Glasses out of 5. Fabulous book and it was recently optioned to be made into a movie with Emily Blunt portraying Rachel! (fan girl squeal)

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