BOOK REVIEW: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Hey, everyone, I hope you’re all having a good day.

Last night, I finished The Girl on the Train and my feelings were all over the place for a really long time. That’s why I’m here to talk all about it.

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EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cosy 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.

UNTIL TODAY
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?

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The book follows three characters’ POV and sometimes, books with multiple POVs can be very confusing but this didn’t happen here. Each character was so different and problematic and they were nowhere near perfect. Rachel was an alcoholic who wanted a baby more than anything and couldn’t have one. Megan was a wife to a good man, but they weren’t really good to each other. Anna was the mistress who got the husband. It was all over the place and the more I read, the less sense it made.

The thing about those characters is that I didn’t really like any of them that much because they weren’t good people. They were human, they were at fault and they were a mess. Hawkins shows our human thoughts, the dark ones, the bad ones, in such a raw way that made me shiver sometimes.

“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.

The confusion, the anger, the frustration of all those characters, I got to feel. She delivered all those thoughts through her words and it made me get attached to them even when I didn’t want to.

The plot twist wasn’t expected AT ALL and the book was so fast-paced, which made it very easy to get through. Usually, thriller books take a lot of time to just set everything up, but Hawkins kept the pages turning even as she set her world up.

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

Until the very end, my feelings were all over the place. It all made sense suddenly and when it did, I felt like everything fell back into place out of nowhere and the feeling was amazing.

I love this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking to get their mind blown up. It was stunning, to say the least.

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Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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You can purchase The Girl on the Train from Book Depository, by clicking right here

Until my next post, stay safe!

-Laila 

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