The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? – Goodreads

The Girl on the Train has often been compared to Gone Girl but to me that’s like comparing Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. They’re both very different and great in their own ways.

I loved the concept of a woman on the train making up stories for the lives of people she saw on her every day journey, something I think a lot of us do when we have a long commute to and from work.

There were so many twists and turns in this novel I wasn’t sure until the very end who I thought the perpetrator of the crimes was. My cousin was nagging me (in a ncie way!) the whole way through reading it about who I thought would be the bad guy. I was usually wrong. Which to me is a sign of a good suspense novel, you want to be kept guessing but not entirely frustrated with the plot.

The book is well paced, full of suspense and has been enjoyed by everyone I have recommended it to so far, so if you haven’t got a copy, grab one from your local shop or library and give it a go!

Pros

  • Twists and turns, keeps you guessing
  • Puzzles to figure out!

Cons

  • The only let down was other people likening this to Gone Girl. They are completely different and both great.
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