Title: The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

Series: N/A

Genre: Mystery, Book Turned Movie

Published: January 13th 2015 by Riverhead Books

Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★

“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.”


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…


3 of 5 stars to The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


The story started pretty slow and unexciting for a suspense novel. There was so much pathetic drivel from the main character and some from the other two as well. Props for an ingenuous three way POV from three mentally unstable women though. That was a lot of crazy in one book.

Rachel, the main character, isn’t your typical heroine. She’s quite pathetic. Twice now I’ve encountered MCs like her from two different authors which I bet are both going for the edgy look so they wouldn’t be labeled ‘mainstream’.

I feel like this book will be a better movie—I should watch the movie and see for myself—maybe then it wouldn’t be as dragging and boring because of the visuals and time constraint.