The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

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?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

Hey! Here's my review.

I have seen this book compared to Gone Girl. I have read both and I enjoyed this one more - it had a much more satisfying end. It is a fast paced thriller that kept me guessing and then second guessing myself. We have all played that game of people watching and imagining what those strangers might do for a living etc. This book takes it one step further. I didn't actually like any of the characters (except the baby) but it was like a train wreck - I just couldn't look away. There are many issues that come up in the story, such as domestic abuse, emotional abuse, alcoholism, depression and infidelity. 

This is the first thriller written by the author, I look forward to reading the next one.

  • Where: Local library
  • Format: paperback
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  1. I'm glad I wasn't the only who didn't like the characters. It definitely earned being called "a psychological thriller".
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Lisa@Lisa's Library

    1. I didn't like these characters but I hated the ones in Gone Girl.


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