Book Review: The Girl On The Train

I love a good read, but unfortunately for me I find it hard to find a book which I obsess over and cannot put it down for the life of me. Then I got lucky, I was recommended 'The Girl On The Train' on twitter by Lauren (Lauren's Blog: Cativar - it's super super good) a thriller written by Paula Hawkins. At the time I was thinking about getting Gone Girl but after seeing the film - which I completely adored, I just wanted something I didn't know the story.

"Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal every 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. 

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. 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..."

This blurb from the inside cover captures the entire suspense, mystery and confusion within the whole of the book. It's hard to not go into too much detail, as I clearly do not want to give away ANY details that could give anything away.  For so long I have been after a book which makes me frantically get to the next page while also craving to know more about the main character. Having Rachel as an alcoholic narrator brings a source of confusion and sorrow for her character, and as the book progresses you're not sure whether to feel pity for her or if it feels right to warm towards her. One thing which I loved about the book was the mystery and continuous events on every single page. Although it was an easy read, the suspense and mystery of the characters made the book such an enjoyable read.

If you're wondering whether it is similar to Gone Girl, you may be right. They are both thrillers with attention being on a missing person, but what I love most about The Girl On The Train is the use of an outsider being involved in another person's life, and the consequences throughout this. The book has been described as being wildly unpredictable, however I must admit - I had guessed correctly one part of the story...(again trying very hard not to give anything away here!). Needless to say, it was still a book that I am so happy to have read and experienced.

I wonder if my next book will live up to these expectations.

Let me know if you have read this book, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Hannah x


  1. Great review! I've heard of the book before but had never actually read what it was about! Definitely intrigued now!

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  2. I love this book, I listened to it with Audible and it just catches you with each page. It is so up the top with Gone Girl.

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  3. I've been hearing so much about Girl On The Train but hadn't really read a proper review yet and honestly you've made me want to buy the book! If you're looking for another great read I recommend The Edge Of Me by Jane Brittan :)

  4. I loved this book! I found it had a much more satisfying ending than Gone Girl, but they do have similar qualities. I found I couldn't put this one down, it had me guessing the whole time!

    xo, Liz

  5. I'm part of the way through this and am hooked! May have to check out Gone Girl after, seeing as everyone and their cat has seen the film, or read the book!

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  6. I'm half way through and LOVE this but I've had to put it to the side whilst I revise for an exam this week. Not cool.
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  7. I've been so interested in trying this book - I've admittedly been waiting for the price to go down a little but it does sound like my type of book, supposedly like before I go to sleep (book is amazing- film not so much)! I definitely think I should persue it and go and get it!

  8. Oh my gosh I got chills when I read the description, it sounds so interesting and definitely something that I'd like to read. I've heard so many great things about it so I think it's time I finally picked it up. Such an enticing and well written review!!

    P.S. Really love your blog design, it's really simple and fresh!

    Hope you're having a lovely day!

    -Nabeela xo


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