The Girl on the Train- Review

Title: The Girl on the Train


Author: Paula Hawkins

Genre: Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Mystery

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Publication date: 2015

Number of Pages: 336

Amazon Plot Synopsis:


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”

Why did I read the book: This book was recommended to me by a friend because I was telling her how much I enjoyed reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. She said, “ If you loved that one, you have to read The Girl on the Train.” She also told me a movie was in the works for this book just like Gone Girl. I looked up the trailer and knew I had to read the book.

My thoughts:

This novel was a rollercoaster of thrills for me. Brian and I have been driving a lot recently so we decided to try an audiobook through the app Audible. This was a great book to listen to, it was very engaging and the narrator was very captivating.

My thoughts on this book will be rather brief because I don’t want to give anything away! What I can tell you is it’s about a woman named Rachel who sees something on her daily train commute into London. Rachel is an interesting character who is tragically flawed but you can’t help but root for.

The novel is told in three points of view(Rachel, Megan, and Anna, who is Rachel’s ex-husband’s new wife) each woman gets a point of view, but the most of the story comes from Rachel.

The twists and turns in this novel are thrilling and I would highly recommend this to any reader who enjoys a good mystery/thriller. Even if you don’t usually enjoy this genre I would suggest you give this book a try, it’s very engaging and would be great for anyone looking for a quick read.

This book is also currently being made into a film. It’s set to be released in October of this year. Click here to view the movie trailer.

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