The Girl On The Train, by Paula Hawkins

Updated: Feb 16, 2020

Rachel catches the same train every morning. She knows it will stop 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. Their life, as she sees it, is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

But then one day she sees something shocking, and in that moment everything changes.

Now Rachel has a chance to become 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.

Paula Hawkins will steel your breath and capture your mind in this stunning novel.

Reading from the perspective of three main female characters The Girl On The Train is more than just a thriller. Capturing the characters in such vast detail Hawkins has created people who we can easily believe in, and whose pain feels terribly real.

The storyline in itself is addictive, creating a growing need within the reader to find out what happened, to get to the truth in a world where reality has been blurred. However this novel is not for the faint hearted, and if it weren’t for the hunger to need-to-know then it would be all too easy to run away from the dark side of modern life in Britain.

Hawkins has a fantastic knowledge of her characters and the setting she has put them in. This novel while exploring the different emotions of the characters themselves and the thrilling, slightly gruesome storyline, also questions how much stock we put into the modern press, and how the police force can be equally swayed by charm and news stories as the public.

This novel explores the way that society looks at alcoholics, mistresses and women who have gone through great trauma. Comparing these things in subtle detail to the way we view men with the same problems.

It is these subtleties and the lack of any ‘perfect’ characters that highlights the lack of perfection in everyone, and shows of the hypocrisy of modern society.

However it is not this fantastic analyse of modern living that makes this novel impossible to put down, it is the overlapping storylines between our main characters, two in the present, one a year behind, that make this book the phenomenon that it is.

An excellent, thrilling and shocking novel which will captivate any readers’ thoughts and will remain on their mind days after finishing.

We Give The Girl On The Train Five Stars

ISBN – 978-0-522-77977-7 Cover price - £7.99 Available as an eBook

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