BOOK REVIEW | The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

“Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps.”

– Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

This book has been floating around various best-seller’s lists, buzzfeed must-reads and numerous celeb endorsements for months now. The second Mindy Kaling instagrammed about it I was like “ok the queen has spoken, I must read.” (obviously very susceptible to celeb endorsements).

TGOTT  is a mystery/thriller à la Gone Girl with unreliable narrators and a husband/wife conflict being the overarching theme. The book is told from the POV of 3 different women, each knowing less than the other. Buuuut, since I don’t quite trust myself to give a synopsis of this book without giving away any spoilers so please enjoy this one from goodreads.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Now, initially when I picked up this book I was 100% sure that Paula Hawkins was inspired solely by this Gossip Girl gif when writing TGOTT so we OBVIOUSLY know she’s #teamserena. 

Putting my insight into Paula Hawkins inspirations aside, I was impressed with this book. Did it rock my world? Blow my mind? Eviscerate everything I knew about suspenseful literature? Probably not. But I did think it was a great, fun read. I would recommend it. It’s summer, perfect time to pick up a book that is a fast, interesting read. It’s not a difficult book to get through and the unreliable narration is SUPER FUN. It will have you like…
… until the very end.

Who has read The Girl on the Train? What’d you think?


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