Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins

Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Published by Doubleday Canada on January 13th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library
Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.

Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.

Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan's body is found, Rachel finds the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.
A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn,The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.

About Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

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Have you ever ridden a train and thought about the lives behind those homes you see? This is what Rachel thinks of when she passes by a slew of homes every day. What she doesn’t realize is that she’ll be caught up in their lives and what happens might even put her life in danger.

Holy crap.. This is a thriller at its best.. From the first page I was gripped and couldn’t put it down. I literally read this in just a couple of hours.. The writing is just so easy and straightforward that you need to get to the very end to find out who it was. At first, it’s very easy to just figure out that the author is setting up the characters and the story but you’re never bored which I enjoyed so much. Once you realize something sinister is going on that’s when you realize you’re being taken on a ride to crazy town! I pretty much hated all the characters but for some reason, I still really enjoyed the book. It’s hard to like a book when all the characters aren’t redeemable in some way, and The Girl on the Train had it.

Rachel could probably be the only character who is he heroine, even though she has many many flaws. Eventually, I realized that I was on her side and I wanted everything to end up okay for her. Even though we never know how it will end until we finish the book. All the secondary characters are just as tasteless, selfish people.

Mistresses, cheaters, killers? Check, check and check! This is one psychological thriller that will have you spinning around and around until everything fits into a nice neat package.


I saw him and I wanted him and I thought, why not? I don’t see why I should have to restrict myself, lots of people don’t. Men don’t.
That’s the thing I like most about it, having power over someone.
It doesn’t matter who they are. It matters how they make me feel.
Women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers. I’m not beautiful and I can’t have kids, so what does that make me? Worthless.
I know what it is to love someone and to say the most terrible things to them, in anger or anguish.
Being the other woman is a huge turn-on, there no point denying it: you’re the one he can’t help but betray his wife for, even though he loves her. That’s just how irresistible you are.

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  1. Elvina Barclay

    August 19, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    When a book gets as much hype as this one did I was hoping I would like it and I did (which is why I won’t go see the movie). It’s nice to have a mystery which has so much character development, even if the main character is so unlikable and lies so much. I went to a book signing at Chapters with Lainey Liu interviewing Paula and enjoyed her talk especially her sense of humour.
    They’ve made changes to the story in the movie and I always end up disappointed so I likely won’t go see it.

  2. Erika

    May 4, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Reading this now. I am about 30% in and am ready to get into it and have had enough with the story set up. Hoping something happens soon. Rachel seems so pathetic but at the same time I feel bad for her. I’m torn really. Good to know I’m not the only one that is hating the characters right now. Anxious to get into it. Thanks for the review.

    • giselle

      May 7, 2015 at 7:09 PM

      You’re so welcome. Things start to happen trust me..I felt like it was dragging a bit, but it sets up the story nicely

  3. Meredith

    May 4, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    I have heard so many great things about this one! I actually just requested it from the library. Even when I am in the car I wonder about the stories of the people who live in the houses I drive by. Great review!

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    • giselle

      May 7, 2015 at 7:08 PM

      I used to too when I commuted..That’s what makes it even better heh Hope you enjoy!

  4. Giova @ Corazones Literarios

    May 4, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Wow. I love good thrillers and this seems to be a good one! It’s very rare to find a book when each character is so mean and not even one of them redeem itself! I need to give it a try!

    Thanks for the review!!
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    • giselle

      May 7, 2015 at 7:08 PM

      It really is..Different than any book I read..Well other than GONE GIRL

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