Saturday, 8 December 2018
Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Mystery/Thriller)
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Black Swan
Publication Date: 2016 (2015)
Source: Birthday Gift
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…
There's a lot of hype around this book (and film) and on the whole I found it an enjoyable read. It held my interest throughout, and it did take me until quite late in the game to work out who the killer was, though I got there just before the final reveal. I did get fed up with the constant comma splices and incorrect punctuation, but luckily the story was compelling enough to allow me to grimace each time they appeared and then move on. Mystery/thriller is not my generally preferred genre; however, I do make the occasional exception for ones such as this, and The Girl on the Train is certain to please those who do lean towards this type of story.