4.15.2015

Book Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins



This book for me was a little bit hard to get into. I loved Gone Girl and based on my Goodreads recommendations and numerous friends recommendations, I bought it.

A quick synopsis via the publisher:
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?”  
My thoughts?

For me, it was a little hard to follow, since it switches between the three main characters quite often. It was hard for me at first, to really connect with the main characters (each and every one of them truly are horrible human beings). But this weekend I was quite determined to finally finish it. Once I sat down and really committed to it, I couldn’t put it down!

It was a quick read (about 300 pages) and I would recommend it to anyone that likes a good psychological thriller. There are definitely some twists and turns and some “NO WAY” moments BUT I was a little disappointed. I was told this was going to be the next Gone Girl and to me, there was no comparison. It was well written and the pace was a little quicker than Gone Girl. 


My Rating

On a scale of 1-5 (one being the worst and 5 being the best) I would rate it a 4. It was a quick moving, edge of your seat, psychological thriller. I bet it will be made into a movie too since that seems to be the trend. Go ahead, read it on the train, I dare you.

Have you read it? What did you think? 

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