The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

girl on the train

Title: The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
Mystery | Fiction | Thriller
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Average Rating {on Goodreads}: 3.85 stars

Sam’s Rating: 4 stars

From the Publisher:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”

Sam’s Thoughts: Read it! 
Truth is, I saw this on Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram feed {she and I are kindred spirits, just in case ya’ll didn’t know} and I immediately put it on my “must-read” list. Not just because of Reese, but thank you to her as well, but it made a load of different lists for other “must reads”… I knew I had to at least try it out.

The author is a great writer, and each chapter is someone in the story-line speaking on a different day which is sometimes before the “incident” or after and I had to keep checking. Not a game-changer ya’ll, don’t let that sway you, that was just me trying to get my bearings.

I wanted Rachel {lead character} to find the answers she needed, I wanted to help her through the struggles she faced, and I wanted to find out what was going on ya’ll! I wanted answers, and the author left you wondering constantly if what you were feeling/thinking for these characters was really the truth- do you really know them? I was fascinated and slightly perturbed by the characters {Rachel I was sympathetic towards, and I had so many questions for her}.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It had twists and turns, leaving me a little exhausted here and there from the emotional roller coaster ride, but I think that was definitely the best part- I was invested in reading/contemplating the next chapter.
Let me know what you thought!


P.S. I had no idea they were turning this into a movie, I saw the movie trailer just yesterday! I’m amped to see Emily Blunt as Rachel- and see how closely they follow the book with the movie! {I might be going by myself, not really Jeff’s genre, but that’s totally ok!}


{Featured image by Eli Samuelu via Unsplash}




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