The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I didn’t know anything about The Girl on the Train, other than that it was a very popular book and a lot of people were reading it. That seemed to be a good enough reason for me to read it too. And I wasn’t disappointed!

I’ll be very careful not to give too much away, as this book is all about the twists and turns – and there are a lot of them.

Every day, Rachel catches the commuter train to London. It stops at the same signal every day and she looks into the same gardens. She envies a couple she sees there and has even made names up for them – Jason and Jess. They look so happy and she wishes she could be as happy as them.

But one day she sees something which shocks her and changes everything. This is Rachel’s chance to become a part of their lives.

The Girl on the Train is told from the point of view of Rachel and two other women. Their stories are gradually revealed, building up to a very satisfying ending. This is a fantastic British thriller about the lives of a very ordinary, flawed bunch of people.

It reminded me a lot of Gone Girl, although I couldn’t quite put my finger on why. Maybe it’s because it’s all about ordinary people and their relationships. Like Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train is being made into a film.

I now know why so many people were reading The Girl on the Train. If you haven’t read it yet, get on board (see what I did there)! Read it before you watch the film.

The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins, Book review

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I know what you mean about Gone Girl. I think it’s got the same kind of creepy intense mood throughout. I can’t wait to see the movie! I think it’s going to be the end of the year yet though!

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    • I’m definitely looking forward to that! (And I need to see Gone Girl still too.) They’ve both got that thing where everything unravels gradually and nothing is quite as it seems. Both have very nasty sets of characters too!

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  2. I really want to read this book. I have never read Gone Girl but have watched the film and really enjoyed it. I think I might just treat myself to Girl on the Train. Well it is Friday. Thank you for not giving anything away Sarah x

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    • It’s definitely worth a read! It’s not always easy to review books without giving away the ending, but I’m always careful not to! x

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  3. I don’t usually give up on books, but I have a few times lately. The first one was Gone Girl which I hated and the second was this one. I had this out of the library and when I had to take it back I was about 100 pages in. I couldn’t renew it as someone else wanted it and I just couldn’t be bothered to rereserve it and get it out again. I think I would have finished it if I had had it longer, but just couldn’t feel the love for it. I think it was because the characters were rather unsympathetic and I really didn’t care what happened to them.

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    • It’s strange that you disliked two of the books I’ve really loved, but I guess we all have different tastes! I’ve never ever given up on a book. There have been some which I haven’t enjoyed as much as others, but I always read right to the end and usually enjoy them to a greater or lesser extent!

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      • It is isn’t it? I was looking forward to both of them too and hoped to enjoy them as they had been so popular. I used to plough through books to the end and still don’t like giving up on things, but my reading time is short these days, so I have done once or twice.

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  4. I’ve read several reviews about this book and it sounds a bit like marmite – some people have loved it and others couldn’t get into it. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground!

    #readwithme

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    • There really doesn’t seem to be a middle ground! I think that’s quite an achievement on the author’s part. It’s only over the last couple of weeks that I’ve realised that not everyone loves it.

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    • I’m glad to hear someone else loved it! There’s not much love for it here today 🙁 You will love Gone Girl too – it’s brilliant!

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  5. I read this a few weeks ago and was really disappointed with it and just didn’t ‘get’ it at all. I didn’t find any of the characters particularly well developed, but then I know loads of people who have loved it!
    Glad you enjoyed it more than I did xx
    #readwithme

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    • Thanks very much. I thought everyone loved it until recently, but have heard a lot of negatives about it lately 🙁 I liked the fact that the true characters were revealed gradually and was totally gripped from start to finish.

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  6. Ooh intriguing! It sounds like a great book and that, plus Gone Girl, are now on my reading list. 🙂
    #readwithme

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