Wednesday, 18 February 2015

♥ The Girl On The Train - Paula Hawkins ♥

To everyone else in this carriage I must look normal; I’m doing exactly what they do: commuting to work, making appointments, ticking things off lists.

Just goes to show.


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and every evening. Every day she passes the same Victorian terraces, stops at the same signal, and sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess seem so happy together.

Then one day Rachel sees something she shouldn't have seen, and soon after, Jess disappears. Suddenly Rachel is chasing the truth and unable to trust anyone. Not even herself.

Tense, taut, twisty and surprising . . . The Girl on the Train creeps right under your skin and stays there.


I admit it, i am a thriller binge with books lately (despite still not having read gone girl!) the genre has hooked me and i can't get enough, which is a big thing for a romance reader such as myself.I have heard such good things about this, when i spotted it at half price for the hardback i snapped it up.

The Girl on the train is told for different POV of numerous characters throughout the book. We start off meeting Rachel, who takes the same train everyday, she see's the same couple everyday sat on the balcony near where she used to live, a truely happy couple, she creates the narrative to their life. One day Rachel sees something, something that will embroil her in their lives onwards.

This novel is gripping, its intriguing and it's best to trust no one. We are taken into the middle of the drama as it unfolds, and i had no clue where it was going to end - up until the last few pages, and even then it was a shocker.

Hawkins writing style was wondeful, because it kept the reader engrossed, it kept us guessing. It taught us not to prejudge the characters, and make assumptions, but the reader was led in all sorts of directions to keep them of the scent. It was clever and leaves us to make our own judgements throughout, the narrative is far from reliable and i think thats why it worked so well.

4/5




Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

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