Paula Hawkins Girl On The Train [Book Review]


If you’re looking for a good psychological thriller with a twist, that’s also an easy read, then Paula Hawkins Girl on the Train is the book for you. The last good mystery book or psychological thriller I’ve read that I absolutely enjoyed was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Another good one is The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler Olsen, which is part of a series of the Department Q series. Lost is the first in the series and I’m starting to digress like I normally do.

I believe I heard about Girl on the Train from Goodreads due to me seeking a good mystery book to read that was also an easy read, and this came highly recommended. The book was so intriguing and well written, that I was able to read it in three days, and I’m a slow reader as it is.

Written from the viewpoint of three different women, Rachel, Anna, and Megan, the books centers on the disappearance of a woman. 


The story begins with Rachel, who takes a commuter train each morning in which one of it stops lands her in front of house #23. House #23 belongs to Jess and Jason who have their morning tea on the terrace every morning. She witnesses this for a number of mornings until she see’s something that shatters her world. But that’s not the end of Rachel’s adventure…it’s just the beginning.


Rachel is a train wreck that has happened, is going to happen and does happen. I kept thinking, how in the world would they portray Rachel in a film (this is before I knew a film of the book were to take place) without making people, specifically me, uncomfortable.

Rachel had me nervous throughout the book because of the idiotic things she does that gets her deeper into trouble with everyone around her. You find yourself wanting to help her and being frustrated with her at the same time. This is how deeply involved in Rachel the book gets you. You want to help her and yell at her at the same time.


This book does not hold back any punches, and that’s another thing I loved about it. It takes you on a rollercoaster ride with each character while engrossing you in a mystery that provides so many twist and turns, your head starts to spin. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, Hawkins throws another curveball to which you have to stop for a second, shake your head, to make sure you read what you JUST read. After you have said, “Ohhhhh” with the excitement of the thought you should have known, here comes another curve ball.

I like books that keep you guessing, especially psychological thrillers such as Gone Girl did, and this book, Girl on the Train, along with The Keeper of Lost Causes, will keep you guessing until the end.

If you’re looking for an easy read, psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Girl On the Train (Hawkins), Gone Girl (Flynn), and The Keeper of Lost Causes (Olsen) are the books for you.

Girl On A Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Release Date: 13 January 2015
Publisher: Riverheads Books
Pages: 326
Where to or Barnes and Noble (hard-copy or e-book available from both sites) or iBooks
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