The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins | Book Review

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Pages: 316 Paperback
Publication date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating:  3/5
Series: N/A


Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession. 
      Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day? 
     Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared. 
     Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan's body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage. 
     A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn,The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.


The Girl on the Train follows Rachel, an unreliable character, an alcoholic trying live life after trying to get pregnant and being left by her husband after becoming depressed and starts drinking because she couldn’t conceive.

Rachel goes to work on the train and comes home on the train. Everyday she watches the same houses pass by and sometimes the people that live in these houses. There is one couple in particular that she finds herself looking out from and to work, Jess and Jason. Rachel has made a life for these two people from her imagination, she imagines being friends with Jess because Jess has a happy life and a loving husband who adores her. Jess has a happy life. Until Rachel see something out of the normal and Jess goes missing.

I enjoyed this book; I just didn’t love it though. I felt there was something lacking and that the story fell flat. I love mysteries, I love murder mysteries and I was very excited to read The Girl on the Train. Maybe it was the hype around it; maybe it was because from endless amount of readers I kept hearing it being compared to Gone Girl and it’s nothing like Gone Girl but I didn’t expect it to be. So, like I said I just felt like something was lacking from this story.

This book is written from three different perspectives, all very unreliable and in my opinion all very unlikable and selfish.

I enjoyed The Girl on the Train, it just took me about 100 pages to get into the story and even then I wasn’t totally hooked, which was a little bit disappointing.

Overall, I gave this a 3/5 stars and recommend people who enjoy thrillers and a mystery. This wasn’t my favourite but see for yourself.

Thanks for reading, 
Alexa Talks Books

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