The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins| Book Review


“But then I think, this happens sometimes, doesn’t it? People you have a history with, they won’t let you go, and as hard as you might try, you can’t disentangle yourself, can’t set yourself free. Maybe after a while you just stop trying.”

The story begins with Rachel. An alcoholic, divorced woman. Every day, Rachel takes the same train to London in the morning, and she passes by different houses. There’s one house in particular that interests her. She always sees those married couple in the morning talking or having their cup of coffee together inside, and she calls them Jess and Jason, because she doesn’t really know them in person. She created a perfect image of their lives in her head. Jess is pretty, smart, and she probably works in some company. Jason is handsome, strong, and he’s not at home that often, so his work probably includes so much traveling. One morning, when the train passed by Jess and Jason’s house, she noticed something disturbing and she couldn’t really wrap her head about the situation. After a couple of days, Jess went missing, so Rachel felt so desperate and got herself involved in the investigation case, because she thought what she knew, would actually help the detectives to draw some clues and find her. However, Rachel’s involvement will turn her life upside down, and change the way she thought about her ex husband.

I have got to say that Bookstagram made me read it, because it was everywhere. So I had to buy it. I kept my expectations low, to not feel disappointed. And guess what! I didn’t! The concept of the book is really intriguing and mysterious. I also like the fact that the book is told through three women’s points of view, which is interesting. Because, as a reader, you get to know how the characters think, and understand their motives. I really didn’t know how to feel about Rachel. Sometimes, I hated how annoying she was. Other times, I sympathized with her. She’s such a confusing character. You just don’t know whether to hate her or like her. However, the end was really flat, I just expected more out of it. Despite the end, it’s still a brilliantly written book. I know that there’s a movie adaptation of the book, but, I don’t know whether to watch it or not. I know this sounds weird, but reading psychological thriller books is more interesting than watching thriller movies. I Highly recommend reading The Girl On The Train, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.



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