The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

July 8, 2015
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, InToriLex, Book Review
The Girl on the Train


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. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

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 book has been compared over and over to Gone Girl but I find it very different. Rachel is very sad and a self destructive character, her plans are driven by obsession. Gone Girl focused on a sociopath determined to get revenge on her husband. There both good thrillers, but in The Girl on a Train you go through many circumstances where characters act out of anger and emotion but none carry out well planned actions.
"I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts. Who was it that said following your heart is a good thing? It is pure egotism, a selfishness to conquer all.”
These people are broken in this book. Ms. Hawkins does a great job of exploring characters and making you feel that they are real people, making real decisions.  I do think that some parts of this book was drawn out and the build up towards the climax took too long. While I enjoyed reading the book and progressing with the plot, some of it read like filler and came off as boring because of it.

Bad relationships can really mess a person up.  I think many people don't empathize with those ending relationships, until they feel it in their own lives. All three of the women who narrate the book, are dealing with relationships where they are trying to find happiness. Unfortunately they all lose pieces of themselves while trying to create perfect relstionships. I could really identify with how sometimes you can feel overwhelmed in relationships and have to fight to take care of yourself first.
“It’s impossible to resist the kindness of strangers. Someone who looks at you, who doesn’t know you, who tells you it’s OK, whatever you did, whatever you’ve done: you suffered, you hurt, you deserve forgiveness.” 

If you enjoy thrillers this was definitely a good one, that has a fast moving plot. This gives great insight into how people can morph and manipulate.  If you think somethings off, your probably right. I did not see the ending coming, but it was definitely a satisfying conclusion.


Kathy Reads Fiction said...

I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train, although the comparison to Gone Girl was certainly far fetched, in my eyes. I was really surprised at the turn of events, too and loved the three female narratives.

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

I really liked this one a lot. Totally agree with you o the differences between this and Gone Girl. I also didn't see the end coming - Great review!

InToriLex said...

Yes the different perspectives were great!!!

InToriLex said...

Thanks for stopping by!! The ending was good

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