Saturday, February 7, 2015

Review-The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Publisher: Penguin
Expected Publication Date: January 13, 2015
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Source: Audible
Rating: 4.5

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?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

I'm so sad that this book is over. I loved every minute of it.

I think the readers were excellent in bringing the story to life. I really felt as if I were watching a movie of some sort. We follow three different women from past and present; Rachel, Anna, and Meg. All three of these women are connected in some way or another. This is mainly Rachel's story though and her character drew me in from the very beginning. See, Rachel is a drunk; an alcoholic. She's also clinging to her ex-husband and his new family that he had left her for when it was clear that Rachel was unstable. 

From the very beginning, I was so engrossed in the story and I had to get to the end to figure out what happened. I loved reading about Rachel, her character was so flawed. Well, all the characters were flawed but Rachel...I found her very interesting. Here we have a woman who is a drunk and can't seem to let go of her ex-husband. In a way, she would seem like a stalker. If I was the wife of her ex-husband, I would acted just as Anna did. It would be too much in a way, it was as if Tom liked that Rachel couldn't let go of him. I know, what an ass!

Throughout the book we are told that Rachel has witnessed something terrible but she doesn't remember anything because she was so shit-faced drunk. It's pretty sad. When Meg turns up missing on the night that Rachel blacked out, everything is all down hill from there. Every single character seems guilty and you don't know who to trust. That was the beauty of it until the very end. And your left thinking well duh, how did I not guess?! If you're looking for a thrill and mystery, look no further! I think this is the start to a wonderful relationship to psychological thrillers. They are so fun!

Buy it:
Amazon UK 

About the Author:
Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

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