The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

Pages: 320 / Audio: 10 hrs 59 mins

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?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

Novel Gobblers Perspective

Wow! What a ride! This was a fast-paced thriller that captivated my attention from the first chapter.
I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher, all of whom give top notch performances. The story lent itself well to multiple narrators as it is told from the perspective of 3 different characters, none of which are particularly reliable. Who's telling the truth? Who can be trusted? What is the right thing to do?
The suspense and mystery built steadily to the finish, which unfortunately, fell a little flat for me. Perhaps it was just my mood that day but the end just seemed to deliver a lot less than the rest of story did.
All the same, I say "Read it!". I'm glad I did.

Happy Reading!