Review – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

trainGoodreads Description:

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?

My Thoughts:

I don’t know what to say about this book… I really liked the idea of The Girl on the Train and was very excited to finally be in the mood to read this novel. I have to say that unfortunately I didn’t end up liking it as much as I thought I would. Even though I read the book quite quickly, I felt at times I had to make an effort to push on and finish. The beginning of the story gripped me and caught my attention but as the book went on I just wanted to be done with it(not a good sign).

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The characters are all extremely unlikeable. And you know what? That’s okay because not ALL characters can be likeable but I found these characters flat and lacking depth. I really liked Rachel as a character in the beginning. She is a very unreliable character and its always fun to read from that perspective it makes for an interesting read. I at first felt very sympathetic towards her. She got divorced from the love of her life and feels like she’s lost control of everything. She resorts to alcohol and spends the majority of the novel having an inner battle as she decipher memories and thoughts. But a lot of her actions became repetitive and at times I just wanted to shake the living stuff out of her. Megan, spent the novel trying to come to terms with losing her job and assuming the role of a housewife while trying to outrun her demons from the past. And Anna… sigh.

My biggest problem with the women of this story was that they all let themselves be defined by the men in their life. Every thought, every action all revolving around an ex, a husband, a lover, etc.. They were all portrayed as dependent, weak, and insecure. And can you guess how the men were portrayed? Yup, you guessed it, strong providers, confident and having to make all decisions. I caught myself rolling my eyes A LOT(another not so great sign). The only character I really felt sorry for was Cathy, Rachel’s friend and roommate. We all need friends like Cathy. I swear that woman has the patience of a saint. She never gave up on Rachel.

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By the time the book got around the “big” reveal I was uninterested and had already guessed it.

All in all, I think I probably set the bar too high on this one. The Girl on the Train was getting a lot of hype when it first came out guaranteeing it to be a new thrilling favorite. It even won the Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery and Thriller! I mean come on! Although I didn’t really enjoy reading it, I did see the movie trailer and it looks pretty good. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie, I think it’ll do well on the big screen. Maybe this will be one of those instances where the movie is better than the book? I’m crossing my fingers.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Have you read The Girl on the Train? Thoughts? Let me know. Till next time!








8 thoughts on “Review – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  1. What a shock! I thought everyone loved this book. I absolutely loved The Girl On The Train and it kept me hooked throughout! I agree with you about Rachel, though. I just didn’t like her or Anna, although I felt a kind of sympathy for Megan. I can’t wait for the film though! I’m so glad I read this post; I love coming across people with the exact opposite opinion to me! 🙂

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  2. Oh no! I really wanted to read this book because I know it’s compared to Gone Girl a lot, and I really loved GG. But the thing that drew me to GG was that despite the characters being really unlikable, at least they felt like real people with personalities and complexities. I can’t stand a book where I don’t like the character, nor do they feel like real people. Great review. 🙂

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

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    • Thank you! My thoughts exactly. I really need to get on and read Gone Girl! I’ve had so many people recommend it to me already.


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