Book Review: The Girl on the Train

I recently finished the novel “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins.

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Here is the book description from Amazon:

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?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

I couldn’t put this book down. It’s written with narrators that change each chapter so you learn things from different perspectives and come to find why all their lenses are so very different.

Like “Gone Girl”, this is a book I’d recommend you NOT read any spoilers about or it’ll ruin the reading experience. I was told early on that there was a ‘big twist’ and kept looking for it with each turn of the page. But, be patient Grasshopper – it takes a good damn while. Just relax and enjoy the story as it unfolds.

Suffice it to say, “The Girl on the Train” is the book next in line after “Gone Girl” and “The Husband’s Secret” of obsessive reads and breakout bestsellers that soon “everyone” will be talking about. Be the first on your block to read “Girl on the Train” and remain the trendsetter that you are.

Speaking of “Gone Girl”, it’s only $4.99 for Kindle right now if you haven’t read it yet 😉

This whole review and talk about spoilers and big events reminds me that I need to re-read “Every Last One” by Anna Quindlen from several years back. It’s one of my personal Top 10 Reads of All Time. It won’t be as good the second time since I already know the spoiler but, man, was that a good book!

I’m always tempted to Google when people talk about big events or spoilers in a popular new novel but I’m always glad that I don’t give in to it. I love that feeling of suspense and turning pages quickly to get to whatever it is, and I want my reaction to be natural to its unfolding. Spoilers take the fun out of everything, don’t you think?

Happy reading and let me know what you think about “The Girl on the Train”!