Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Title: The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

Pages: 325

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: 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?

How many times have you zoned out on other people while on a lunch break, on public transit, at a sports event and thought about their life? Maybe not many of you, but I can definitely relate as I often find myself looking at other people and making up names and backgrounds for them. In The Girl on the Train Rachel does the exact same thing for a couple she passes on her daily commute. Little does she know that not everything is at it seems when one morning she notices something is a bit off and not the same as every other morning she has come to witness.

This novel is similar to Gone Girl, but I would still say it is in a class of it’s own. My mind kept playing tricks on me through the entire book! I was so indecisive while playing mock detective, and in the end I was wrong, and very surprised. It took me less than 24 hours to read this as I could not put it down until I was forced to at 3 in the morning, and work on the horizon.

I would say Thrillers are starting to become a favorite of mine now when I used to be more indifferent to it. It definitely takes a few good books to get you sucked into a genre.
So long story short, if you enjoy thrillers, are a fan of Gone Girl then pick this up and read it ASAP!

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