The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I know I’m almost a year late on this one ( I had intended on reading it sooner ) but it was worth the wait! Published at the start of the year by Doubleday and dubbed as ‘Domestic Noir’ in literary genres. This book broke records left, right and centre and at one point a copy was sold every 20 seconds.

The Blurb (courtesy of Amazon) Amazon

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…

This book follows the life of 3 female characters. Rachel who is an alcoholic who gets the same train every day and becomes obsessed with two people she sees on her route. Megan is a mixed up girl with an awful past and who also happens to be the person that Rachel obsesses over. Anna is the woman that Rachel’s husband left her for. All three are linked and this book takes you on the twists and turns you would expect in a suspense novel to find out how.

This book is gripping and absorbing. It is so smart and well written. It’s also written in basic conversational English that we use everyday which makes it even more readable than it already is. In parts it is very gloomy and quite hard to read but all in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sometimes leaving our reading comfort zone is exactly what we need to getting our reading mojo back.

If you haven’t already, get your copy here:-


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