22 June, 2019

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - [Book Review]

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Book Details:
Title : The Girl on the train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Genre: Psychological thriller, fiction, mystery
Print Length : 326 pages
Source: A copy from the local Library


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...

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My Review :

The Girl on the train is a great psychological thriller. The story is narrated in the perspective of  2 ladies. Rachel who is divorced and still couldn't cope up with her single life even after 2 years is a regular commuter by train to the office. Since she is frustrated with her life, she fancies watching 'Megan' from train daily and thinking of how lucky she is to have a loving husband and a happy life. 

While Megan seems to be a happy wife to her loving husband Scott, she has her own problems to deal with. While her past still haunts, she is not able to reciprocate her love to Scott. 

While the story is narrated through both of these characters, an unexpected incident involves Rachel in Megan's life. Megan is dead and Rachel thinks that she could be of some help to give important information to Police on her disappearance. Unfortunately, her involvement makes her entangled in deep trouble but, the investigation also helps her to make peace with the past. 

A good page turner, indeed. I loved the characterization. It is interesting to understand the deep layers of each character through the narration. Characterization and mystery element made me read the book continuously. I didn't read it in one go but would have done it if I wasn't busy with office and home.

One more plus is the narration. I liked the way the suspense is maintained till the end and how things are revealed gradually in the story. 

I know, it is a best seller and so, I had high expectation on the book. This book has met all my expectations. If you love psychological thrillers, you might like this book.

My Rating : 4.5/5

Read my Review of Paula's other book - Into the Water.

About the Author:

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. Her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, has been published in over forty languages, has been a No.1 bestseller around the world and is now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Into the Water is her second thriller.

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  1. Its always interesting to read Psychological thrillers.This one sounds gripping indeed.

    1. Ya right Amrita. Psychological thrillers are good

  2. How I loved this book! I can't put down such books till I reach the end :P

    1. True! Me too, couldn't put it down Shilpa

  3. Interesting plot! Thanks Ramya for the review. Have added the book to my reading list now.

  4. Have heard a lot about this book but haven't read it yet. Your review makes me want to read it.

  5. I haven't read this one yet but honestly the plot sounds very similar to Agatha Christie's "4:50 From Paddington". I will have to read it to figure out!
    Noor Anand Chawla

  6. Ooooh I love mysteries and thrillers. Have to read this.

  7. This book has been on my list for so long. Your review is a good push for me to pick it up.

  8. Sounds like a great read. Putting it on my books to read list.

  9. The plot seems interesting but psychological thrillers are not not cup of tea...

  10. The plot seems knterintere, but psychological thrillers are not my vhibhbbg


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