Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins




The Girl on the Train 

Author: Paula Hawkins

Publisher: Black Swan

Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Adult

Pages: 409

Format: Paperback

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon


‘Really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night. The alcoholic narrator is dead perfect’ STEPHEN KING

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…


People compare this book a lot with Gone Girl. Sure it’s an adult mystery/thriller in which a woman goes missing, but it’s way different!

This book is amazing! I kept holding my breath several times and I couldn’t put it down!

It’s an incredibly fast-paced and engrossing psychological thriller.

Rachel is lonely, drowning the sorrows of her failed marriage with grim determination and canned gin and tonics and endless bottles of wine. She lost her job because of her drunkenness, but rather than tell her flatmate, she keeps taking the train into London EVERY DAY, pretending to go to work, but actually she is just drinking over and over while fantasizing about the young couple she watches every day from her train window; a couple who live a few doors down from her old house, where her ex-husband Tom still resides with his new wife and baby.

Still reeling from Tom’s infidelity to her, she dreams of what could have been. In this couple she observes from the train, calling them “Jess and Jason,” she sees a perfect life, the one she could have had with Tom.

One day, while commuting, she witnesses “Jess” on her front lawn with another man, in what appears to be a romantic moment. Her life gets again upside down. She is outraged at this display, as personally offended as if the infidelity were being committed against herself. Shortly after this episode, she learns that “Jess,” actually named Megan, has disappeared, and feeling connected to this couple she has never actually met, she insinuates herself into the investigation, meeting with both the police and Megan’s husband, Scott.

This story is told from 3 perspectives:Rachel’s, Megan’s, and Anna (Tom’s new wife). And none of them is actually sane. It kinda seems Desperate Housewives.

This book is just full of secrets. Everyone has them. What happens on behind closed doors? How much can you ever really know/trust a person? What horrors exist in that black spot of your memory from Saturday night?

For the mystery of Megan’s disappearance itself, it has a lot of going back and forward. Full of twists. You start out about everyone. In some moment the character you thought you trusted, you doubt. This mystery keeps you in the dark long enough to let you come up with your own theories, which made it awesome.

It’s fantastic, and the mystery elements and the character development are amazing; great attention to detail and fully established backstories and motivations.

It’s terribly addictive, fascinating, gripping and oh so very creepy.

The Things I liked:

  •  I loved the perspectives of past and present mixed from the 3 point os view.
  • The mystery was terribly well done, you just can’t stop reading but you sure can stop breathing!
  • The fact that the characters are very difficult to like or dislike you just can’t feel the same about them all the time.


Also this book will became a movie pretty soon in October 7, which I am dying to see!! *.*

here is the trailer:



Have you read this book?

If so, did you see that end coming? >.<

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

    • Thank you!! Totally! I haven’t seen the movie yet >.< but I am super excited to see her role! I think she will be perfect as Rachel! … Ahh I totally love the end too! Some people were already expecting it to be like that but I had no clue and I thought it was awesome!!

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