A couple of months back I was in search of a new book and came across The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I am a huge fan of mystery and suspense books and was immediately attracted to this one after reading about it.
Here is what the back blurb had to say:
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
When I decided to get through this book by the end of October I immediately picked up where I left off, but soon found myself extremely confused. I ended up starting over at the beginning and am glad that I did.
When you begin reading The Girl on the Train, the author drops you right into the main character, Rachel’s, life. Throughout the book, you learn more of her backstory and soon find out what has led her to this point in her life.
Hawkins also writes the book from the different characters perspectives. I personally found this to be very confusing. All perspectives are those of women and the simple everyday names she uses would get me easily confused. Eventually I did get this straight, but it was the main reason I started the book over from the beginning.
By about halfway through the book, a major event has happened and you are slowly fed details that lead up to the finale. I usually find these books to get very intense within the last 30 pages or less, but this one definitely delivered early on and just continued to build.
I would recommend this book if you too are a fan of mystery or suspense novels. I had read three Jillian Flynn books prior to this one, and while the author writes differently, it was a great transition out of the Flynn books.
As for my next read, I just purchased One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis. I am looking forward to starting it tonight!
If you have read The Girl on the Train, what was your opinion of the book? Did you like it?
If you don’t already, you might think about using Good Reads to track your favorite books. I only have 17 that I have reviewed on there and once you get 20 they give you book recommendations on books to read based on what you like. It is a great website to find similar books and keep track of your favorites.