The Girl on the Train

Posted March 26, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.”—Vanity Fair“The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston Globe“Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People 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?Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.From the Hardcover edition.
Pages: 336
Published by Penguin Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Literary, Suspense, Thrillers
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The Girl on the Train Book Cover The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
Riverhead Books
1/13/15
336

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.

“In the morning, I take the 8:04, and in the evening, I come back on the 5:56. That’s my train. It’s the one I take. That’s the way it is.”

Sheer brilliance. That’s what this book is. I am in awe.

I had the great honor of meeting the author, Paula Hawkins, a couple of months ago. Naturally, I was excited to read Rachel’s story after listening to her discuss this book and the voyage that led to it. Nothing, I mean nothing could have prepared me for what I just read.
I think Rachel is one of the most interesting and complex characters I have come across in some time. She is just a woman like any other. Sad, downtrodden and defeated by the everyday cruelties of life, but a woman nonetheless. A bit pathetic and definitely lonely, she spends entirely too much time in her head. As we are introduced to Rachel and her current state, it is painfully clear that this poor thing is about to take us on a harrowing journey.

One of the things that make this book so remarkable is that each character has great depth. They all have a story. As their truths are exposed, you become more and more entrenched in the story. This plot was more realistic than I think we want to acknowledge. Knowing that there are people out there who are this sad and desperate… and common. It makes me look at everyone I see a little differently.

The settings for most of the book are almost claustrophobic. There is a stifling sense of dreariness throughout the story. I loved the moments when Rachel was on the train. I loved the symbolism. We heard this story from multiple points of view. This added another layer of profundity to the mystery.

In the end, there is a mystery to be solved. The character development and the world building is so fascinating that one might forget that if the writing wasn’t so brilliant. So the mystery… I had no idea who was guilty. I really didn’t. I went back and forth several times suspecting each and every one of them. But what it came down to is that you were not going to know until the author was good and ready to tell you. And when the killer was revealed? WOW. Just Wow.

Even after the mystery is answered this book held me for just a few more pages and offered a couple more twists. I actually smiled at the wickedness of the revelations.

6 stars and a gin & tonic for this dazzling book! Here’s to many more to come!

Purchase link – The Girl on the Train: A Novel


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