Review: The Girl on the Train

Posted 6 July, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Girl on the Train
By: Paula Hawkins
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.

Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan’s body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.

A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.

Omg I finally got around to reading this book 😛 This book was everywhere these last few years that I eventually caved and picked up a copy for my Kobo but then it languished on my TBR pile for a while longer, lol. I’ve been on a sort of thriller streak lately so I finally got around to reading this book.

Geez, this book, talk about stressful. I actually had an idea who did it somewhere halfway through the novel but aside from piecing together what was going on in the lives of these three women and what exactly happened to Megan, I think what carried the story was really that level of stress and intensity ranging from poor life choices to Rachel’s blackout to what happened to Megan. Just when you think things could’ve get any worse–especially for Rachel, poor woman has been through so much and was still very much in the process all throughout this novel of trying to get herself up from the dark rock bottom she’s found herself in–it does, which makes the experience of reading this book even more harrowing.

It was interesting to read how varied these women’s lives were–Rachel, Megan, Anna–and how flawed they were. And I’m not just talking the obvious flaws like Rachel’s serious drinking problems or whatever but also deeper emotions and nuances that they were unapologetic for. It’s not pretty, but it’s very human, and it’s probably the highlight for me about this book. I haven’t read Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies but I did watch the miniseries and it sort of reminded me of that in a way? Dunno who came first but it’s definitely under that umbrella of female storytelling that’s been coming out recently.

The mystery itself was all right, and again harrowing how Rachel finds herself drawing deeper and deeper to it in a weird way, but admittedly I did figure out who it was somewhere halfway. Maybe I’m getting better at figuring out who the culprit is in these novels *ponders*

In any case, I’m glad to have finally read this book! Now I can talk to my family about it, who has seen the movie, and maybe watch the adaptation myself 😛

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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