Review: Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


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?


Those that follow m reviews know how much I relish suspense, thrillers and such. So, with this one, I was really looking forward to reading it. I did put it off for two reasons though. First being the price. Both the eBook and hardback were really pricey. I did bite the bullet and but the hardback though. Second, the hype. I have learned that the more hype, the more of a possibility I may not love it as much. Yes, that sounds silly, but it happens more than you think.

I have read the reviews... So many said they couldn't put this one down. Me? Eh... It read slow for me. I just couldn't get invested in the story until about half way through. Now, I am not saying the first half isn't good. I am just saying it moved really slow. I found my mind wandering a bit.

This is one of those books that you really need to pay attention to many things. First, whose point of view you are reading and when it is taking place. The book is told from three point of views in the past and present. It is really easy to forget who you are reading and when the events are taking place. So don't rush it.

The overall plot. Good. I really liked this original plot. It made it more appealing. Anything that isn't "the norm" is good in my book... Well, so long as it's written well. This book is written well. There isn't just a lot of action to keep it moving at a fast pace.

Now the twists in the story... mainly the ending... Well, obviously I am not going to tell you what they are. But I will tell you that I had figured most everything out at some point. That doesn't mean you will figure out all that I did. I have been reading so many of these books lately, my mind is always on overdrive when I am reading them. The twists can be shocking.

The ending... I was disappointed with the ending. There was so much build-up for the ending and it lasted like two seconds. Not literally. But it needed more umph. It needed more gasp-worthy action. Just when I thought my heart rate was going to get an opportunity to rise, I was sadly let down. It just happened. Then it was over. If I had been in a movie theather watching this as a movie, I might have boo-ed the ending. Sorry. Overall though, it is a good book. For me, it wasn't a great book.


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