Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
May 10, 2015 15 Comments
From the publishers: “Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…”
The Girl on the Train: What I thought
This is one of the books I read for the 24-hour-readathon. And it was ideal for that. A fast read, reasonably thrilling, ideal for when you want something that doesn’t last for hours and hours and hours.
It was both interesting and frustrating that the main character, Rachel, can’t remember certain things. She was in the area when a woman went missing, but did she have anything to do with it? She doesn’t know. She befriends the prime suspect, the woman’s husband (a real clever thing to do, right?) and meddles in the police investigation. But for all we know, she has nothing to do with it. Or maybe everything.
It’s fun to read, but I had trouble keeping certain characters apart, in particular the husband of the missing woman, and Rachel’s own ex-husband. They seemed too similar. Also, their partners were rather similar. What I like about certain thrillers, is that initially I have an idea of what might have happened and during the story, I have to change my mind again and again. That was certainly the case here. Bit by bit new information comes to the surface that changes your view on the situation. I love that!
So, a fun, quick read, but nothing too special. Ideal for a holiday or train journey.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (good)
Number of pages: 318
First published: 2015
I got this: from Ciska of Ciska’s Book Chest (just because)