Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train








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 Review:

Many reviews have named The Girl on the Train the next “Gone Girl” but honestly, I don’t understand why! Besides the fact that both have the word “girl” in it’s title and that they both are in the same genre which is psychological thriller, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. To me that’s almost like saying all psychological thrillers are just like Gone Girl and we all know that’s the furthest thing from the truth! Amy Elliott Dunne in Gone Girl thoroughly plotted out her crime until she couldn’t anymore. The crime that happened in The Girl on the Train happened due to inconvenience and wasn’t planned in the least bit!

The Girl on the Train was a good read (yes, even through it’s not the next “Gone Girl“). I listened to the audible, and I have to say, that in the beginning, I did find it difficult to figure out who was who, since the book was told in many POV’s. I did have to jot down who everyone was at first, so I wouldn’t get confused but after that hurdle, I found it smoother to listen to.

As many may think from the title, that the book all took place on the train that’s simply not true. After reading the first couple of chapters you quickly figure out it’s more like what was seen on the train and by who and can that memory be trusted? Mistrust in this book goes beyond that of one’s tainted memory but to all the characters who all at one point or another do not trust each other.

Like many people, Rachel Watson intently observes life around her. Mainly through the vision of a lonely, angry, and bitter ex-wife, but also through the eyes of an alcoholic. Through the haze of her curiosity which blurs into downright nosiness that actually goes beyond the normalcy of just watching life’s surroundings. She meddles, she pokes her nose where it doesn’t belong, and she has a hard time grasping what’s really happened during the crime she partially witnessed. Sometimes grief and pain cloud peoples’ judgments and they act out in ways you least expect, the author did an excellent job of portraying these characteristics in Rachel.

This book did leave me on the edge of my seat often. Once I thought, I knew what was going to happen the chapter changed and it was on to the next person’s point of view that had nothing to do with the last persons’. When I did figured out who did it, I still found myself intrigued and wondered what was going to happen next! Overall, I found it a good read.