Book Review: Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins


“She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks, her grave marked with a cairn. Not more than a little pile of stones, really. I didn’t want to draw attention to her resting place, but I couldn’t leave her without remembrance. She’ll rest peacefully there, no one to disturb her, no sounds but birdsong and the rumble of passing trains.” – Paula Hawkins, Girl On The Train

For starters, the number one rule of reading is never to judge a book by it’s cover. You never know what lies behind the covers of many books, but for this specific book, “Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, the title just intrigued me, and I automatically began to read the book without reading a synopsis or a book review. I just dove right in, and I was not disappointed.

“Girl on the Train” is told in the perspectives of three woman, Rachel, Anna, and Megan. Rachel is the main character of this novel, so you get more of her perspectives while the other woman just help to add to the background of the story. Rachel is a woman that travels by train on a daily basis that she becomes familiar with the many people that live around the trails of the train. She builds a story around a couple “Jess and Jason”, and the story just begins from there. Rachel witnesses something regarding the disappearance of “Jess”, and she does the only thing she could do and report it to the police. After she reports what she knows to the police, things just begin to get worst for Rachel because of her history they start to suspect she has something to do with the disappearance of “Jess.”

This story takes you on a roller coaster ride. Every time you think you know who is responsible for the disappearance of  this young woman the Hawkins finds a way to sway you the other way. Hawkins ties together the lives of Rachel, Anna, and Megan so beautifully. You’ll be shocked to read how these three women are connected. I enjoyed this book from start to finish, and I would recommend it to all my “Gone Girl” fans. The ending is shocking and will leave you with your jaw open.

This is a debut novel for Paula Hawkins. It was very well written, and you really felt like you were in the center of the story.

Rating: 5 Stars 🙂

This is one of the first suspense novels that I have read that did not rush the ending. Everything happened gradually. The author took her time to develop each character’s back story, so that the action of the story would be more believable.

Hope you all give it a try.

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