The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 4.5 stars
Published by Riverhead Books on January 13th 2015
There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
I’ve been after this book for months now. The premise is exciting, I really want to get into mystery novels and this one seemed perfect to start my quest into actual non-YA mystery novels. Plus it seems like everywhere I look, someone is holding a hardcover with the words La Chica del Tren printed across the cover.
So much hype, and my goodness, it didn’t disappoint.
I don’t read adult novels, so seeing such complex, interesting, messed-up characters really struck me and I loved it. Rachel, the main character, is an alcoholic and everyone else is either manipulative or simply an asshole.
This is really the story of three women; Rachel, Anna and Megan. Their lives are tightly intertwined, and they all have juicy secrets that make the book thrilling and mind-teasing.
At some points it felt a little slow, but I cannot take more than 0.5 stars, because it wouldn’t be fair. It’s a brilliant mystery novel and feels very real. My chest was rising and falling rushingly all throughout this book. I feel like this is a must-read for everyone who loves reading.
Some reviewers on Goodreads claim this book is over-hyped, but in my opinion, I assure it isn’t. Very troubled people you’ll grow to love await, so pick up a copy as soon as possible!