Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book The Girl on the Train is wickedly mesmerizing. The main character, Rachel Watson is a pathetic alcoholic that thinks she sees something from the daily commuter train.

Who will listen to a drunk that has been pestering and threatening her ex husband’s new family? Tom and Anna Watson are always in her thoughts and the loving couple have made it clear to the police that she is severely troubled. It doesn’t help that she is living a lie and has a tendency to not say the whole truth about things.

There is a mysterious man at the station that seems to share a secret with Rachel, but she doesn’t know what that secret could be. What does he know or what has he done? All she knows is that she is afraid of him.

The missing woman’s husband Scott Hipwell is a possible suspect, he might have been seen with Megan Hipwell in a threatening manner. Then there is the other mysterious man that was seen in a compromising situation with the missing woman. Oh yeah, there are suspects all over the place.

So what does a drunken and angry woman do when no one believes her? She tries to figure out what she saw on her own. That doesn’t sound like a good idea to me, but than again I am not a drunk. So off she goes, seeking out people that she suspects of some possible nameless atrocity against a poor beautiful woman.

The story is dense with facts, the story unfolds one layer at a time and each layer is covered by another thick layer of facts. It is such a magnetic read that you can’t walk away you are pulled in one layer at a time, drawing you deeper into the story.

The story makes me unsure of exactly who do I like, and who should I be afraid of. It is funny how even innocent people act guilty when there is a missing person and a possible murder afoot.

Rachel suffers from black out drinking binges and she can’t even trust her own memories, dreams and flashes. Does she know more about what happened? Even she isn’t sure.

Did she participate in whatever happened? I suspected everyone and was tense worrying about a woman that might even be guilty herself. A woman that comes off as rather pathetic and totally self destructive. A woman that deserves to be worried about.

Oh yes, it is intense. It is gripping and I am really glad that I read this book. It was just plain thrilling. I highly recommend this book and remember when you think it is a little slow, you are actually learning tons about the people in the story. It all comes together after that first little bit.

It seems there is to be a movie out in October based on this book. I viewed the trailer and it does look like they have many scenes out of the book included.

I must have missed all the hype about this book, I just found it and then I saw that it was actually the source of a lot of differing opinions. Some reviewers liked it, some thought it was not worth the hype. Since I missed the hype I can give a review from an non hyped perspective. Maybe I need to watch more TV and commercials.

The Girl on the Train is available in many forms. Hardback, paperback, Audible narration, and in Kindle edition all available on Amazon

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11 thoughts on “Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  1. Think part of the problem with this book is that folk get it mixed up with ‘Girl on a Train’ by AJ Waines, which also has mixed reviews. Maybe a case of people reading one and thinking it’s the other! Anyhow, sounds like a good read.

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