Review * The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

July 23, 2015 Reviews 3 ★★★★

Review * The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Narrated by Clare Corbett, India Fisher, Louise Brealey
Published by Riverhead on January 13, 2015
Genres: Adult, Thriller
Time: 10 Hrs 59 Mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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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?

What I Thought…

• Looking for a good suspense/thriller? The Girl on the Train is for you. It was intense and even though I was pretty sure I figured out who did it, it did not stop me from being enthralled with The Girl on the Train.

• The story is told through three narrators (the audiobook has three different narrators, which I greatly appreciated), Rachel, Anna and Megan. They are all different and all messed up in their own way.

• One of them disappears and that spins the story out of control and into a web of lies and deceit. It’s hard to figure out whats true and what’s a lie, especially given the state of the three narrators.

• A lot of people are comparing The Girl on the Train with Gone Girl, and while I felt that same thrilling I can’t put this book down feeling, I feel that Gone Girl is on another level and The Girl on the Train didn’t quite reach it. (Mostly because it’s lacking the serious WTF of Gone Girl.

• With that said it is still hands down one of the best thrillers I have ever read.

Overall If you like thrillers then The Girl on the Train is definitely for you.


3 Responses to “Review * The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins”

  1. Jenny

    We’re reading this for book club in the next couple of months and I’m very excited. I didn’t read Gone Girl so I can’t compare but I hope I love it.
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  2. Bree @ The Things We Read

    Yes, I felt like I was comparing it to Gone Girl too. It doesn’t have the same WTF as Gone Girl but very good none the less. Unlike you, I didn’t figure it out till the end. Bonus for me. Lol
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