Book Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

I received this book from Bournemouth Girl, Lauren, as part of her giveaway in February and I’m so glad I did because it has been a great read. I wouldn’t say I’m usually one who picks up a thriller novel from a bookshelf as it definitely isn’t my usual genre, but this book by Hawkins was worth it.

I’m not going to mention much in this review because I don’t want to provide spoilers to those who are still yet to read the book, but if you’re thinking of reading something new: read this, you’ll probably get into just as much as I did, meaning putting it down won’t be an easy task.




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. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking, and in one moment everything changes.

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…



A couple of years ago I remember the buzz that came out around this book, so when I won it in a giveaway I was so glad as I finally had the chance to read it and work on one of my goals for this year; to read more! Initially, the title of this book caught my attention and it soon became clear after I started to delve into it page by page that it was a rollercoaster.

To provide context, The Girl On The Train is about a young woman called Rachel whose life has fallen apart, due to her ex-husband having an affair with another woman. From this point on, Rachel moves into an old friend’s flat and becomes an alcoholic, whilst Tom moves Anna in Rachel’s old home.

Now I’ll set the scene: Every morning, Rachel looks out at the people of Blenheim Road – the road she used to live on – with focus on one particular house- of two people she calls Jason and Jess- this is where the train stops for a moment or two. One day on this commuter train she sees something she shouldn’t and this leads her into investigating the life of Jess, which is Megan and Rachel’s life becomes even more complex than it already is.

The storyline which Hawkins created is most definitely an intriguing one and the characters are captivating enough to make the whole thing work. The way the narrative has been divided looks through the eyes of three women; Rachel, Megan and Anna and it really made for interesting points of view, which was different to that of a normal fiction book.


What do you think of The Girl on the Train? Have you seen the film?

Until next time,

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

  1. I rushed to pick up the book before the film came out a few years ago as I like to compare the picture I build in my head of the scenes and characters to what they show on screen and I absolutely loved it! I really like thriller suspense books, it reminded me a lot of Gone Girl! The film is pretty good too, Emily Blunt plays a great Rachel.


  2. I’ve read this twice! The book is better than the film. I bought the three box set including this one and they’re all really good. Can’t remember the titles of the other two books off the top of my head.


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