The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Title: The Girl on the Train
 Paula Hawkins
Date Published: January 06, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 038568231X
: 316 pages
Status: Read from September 18, 2015
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.87
Buy it here: Amazon • Book Depository • Barnes & Nobles

Rating: 5/5 Stars


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?


Something happened that day. Something that triggered the events that connected three women: an alcoholic, a mistress, and a cheater. Rachel, Anna and Megan, three different women and each one of them has a different role to play.

Have you ever wondered how other people live their life? Have you created a story about those strangers you saw? Named them? Made a perfect story about them thinking it was you? Rachel, the girl on the train, did. Whenever the train stopped at the station, she will observe the couple, which she named Jess and Jason, through the train window until one day something happened. Something that destroyed her perfectly crafted story about Jess and Jason. Something that she cannot remember. Something that pulled her into their lives. Something that tied Rachel, Anna, and Megan together.

I loved Gone Girl. I haven’t read the book but I’ve seen the movie and it was just awesome. When I saw The Girl On The Train on my favorite book store, I searched it on goodreads and found that it is somewhat similar to Gone Girl. Somewhat similar because it’s much more fast-paced but creepier. Which I cannot fully agree because I haven’t read Gone Girl yet. But it’s fast-paced and creepy.

The book is full of mystery, secrets, and lies. Lies that will lead to another lie that they didn’t notice that they’re living a life full of lies. Paula Hawkins wrote a book that is utterly unpredictable. I came up with at least five theories on how the book will end, and none of them was correct. It’s just frustratingly beautiful.

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Paula Hawkins

PAULA HAWKINS worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She is the author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train was published in 50 countries and over 40 languages. It has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.

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