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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 
Genre: Adult Fiction(Mystery/Horror)
Date Published: January 15, 2015
Publisher: Transworld Digital

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…

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was not what I expected. I really didn't enjoy any of these characters. They were horrible examples of humanity. I suspected every single one of them as a murderer, and I think any one of them could have a murderer in them. So, while I didn't know exactly who the real killer was, it wasn't a surprise either. If that makes any sense. It was told from many different perspectives, and that gave it a pretty strong Gone Girl feel. 

With all that being said, the story kept my attention pretty well. I may have been furious at the characters most of the time, but it still kept me reading. Maybe I was hoping a character or two would have some kind of life changing epiphany and want to be a better person or something. I don't know. Overall, I was very disappointed. It just wasn't for me.

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She is the author of two #1 New York Times bestselling novels, Into The Water and The Girl on The Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold almost 20 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.

To learn more about Paula Hawkins and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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