The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  • Book: The Girl on the Train
  • Location: London, The Home Counties
  • Author: Paula Hawkins

Review Author: SMBSLT



I have heard so much about this book lately that I just had to get my hands on it! Rachel is our main character, she takes the train every morning and observes various things, mostly a couple she identify s as Jess & Jason. Every morning she observes them, on her usual route until one morning, something changes and Jess goes missing! Rachel finds herself obsessed with Jesse’s disappearance and will stop at nothing, regardless of the cost, to get to the truth!

Well, I had hopes when I started this book. Lots of hype and fairly positive reviews and chat from book groups I am part of. Rachel is not just an observant lady on the train. As the story develops we find that Rachel has quite a lot of ongoing personal issues which is why she has become so observant of “Jess & Jason” – her own personal tale is revealed as she tries to piece together what happened to “Jess.”

She has lost her marriage, she has alcohol issues, her friend is losing tolerance with her, her “job” has became an issue and as a result her train observations have became all she has. However, the more involved she becomes, the more the story reveals it may not just be a coincidence she has become involved!

The start of this story did grab me, anyone on a long or routine journey will look at aspects to keep themselves occupied and Rachel certainly does that. However, as the story progresses you need to suspend belief to keep up and digest the events that follow. It is a fairly decent “thriller-suspense” novel however, for me, it could have been a lot better. I know this is an “easy” statement to make as a non novelist however, I have read A LOT of books and feel that for me, this one fell a bit short of the hype and expectations I had, based on the reviews on it. That said, it is a good wee story and worth a look, I just felt it could have been better! 3/5 for me this time, I would read this author again and a lot of people loved this one so check it out.

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