The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins is not a new book. In fact it’s really popular, has a movie and I’m sure most of you know what it’s about. I, however, didn’t really know anything about it so when I came across it in Books a Million on clearance I decided to pick it up. I finished it in one day of pretty constant reading because popular opinion was correct; this is a really good book. It is a thriller/mystery type story.
Rachel’s whole life has fallen apart. She’s lost her marriage, her job, her dream of having children and she’s developed a nasty drinking problem. She went from having her own home that she loved to paying rent to an old college friend. The only consistency in her life, besides the alcohol, is taking the train every day so that her landlady doesn’t find out that she has lost her job. It’s the view from the train that changes everything. The train passes by the house where she lived with her husband, where he still lives with his new wife and daughter. From the train she can also see the neighbor’s house, and often the neighbors, who in her mind she calls Jess and Jason. She envisions that the couple has a perfect life and they represent everything that she has lost. That is until she sees Jess, who’s real name is Megan, kissing another man in the backyard. Then Megan goes missing and Rachel finds herself pulled into these strangers lives. She’s connected to Megan in ways she would’ve never dreamed about and it just might help her pull her life back together.
Like I said above, this was a really good book. I really felt for Rachel and I love when books can make me actually care about the character/s. I also loved the big plot twist. Not to brag, but I guessed it about half way through the book and was very excited when I was right, haha! If you like books like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda or Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris I think you would really love this book. I don’t want to say much more because I don’t like to spoil really good books but you NEED to go read this one.
I’m sure I’ll watch the movie soon and do a comparison/review about the two. Let me know if you’ve read this book before and what you thought! Thanks for reading and have a great day!
4 thoughts on “Book Review of “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins”
I want to see the movie too!
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We’ll watch it together soon!
Hi, my name is David and this is my first visit to your blog. I really enjoyed reading this review. It’s been a while since I read the book, so I can’t remember the twist, but I was wondering if you liked this more than Gone Girl?
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Thank you! I liked both but if I had to pick I would probably pick Gone Girl as my favorite.