The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl On The Train (US cover 2015).pngMy neighbour received a copy of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins as a gift. After she had read it, she insisted that I do so. I had heard about this novel and had read reviews about it on blogs. Comments and reviews had been positive and, as a result, I looked forward to reading the story.

And it did not disappoint.

The story may seem mundane – about a girl travelling on a train. She watches from the window a couple who seem to have the perfect relationship. A couple around whom she weaves imaginary names and lives.

“The train is rattling along, we whip past Jason and Jess’s place, they pass in a blur of evening sunshine. Sometimes, not often, I can see them from this side of the track. If there is no train going in the opposite direction, and if we are travelling slowly enough, I can sometimes catch a glimpse of them out on their terrace. If not – like today – I can imagine them.”  (p5, 2014, Penguin Random House).

Then she sees something shocking which she cannot keep to herself. The choices Rachel (the protagonist) makes, and the things she does, leads her to eventually discovering the truth of what she had seen.

When I began reading this story, I was not sure whether it would be my type of story. But, as I turned the pages, I became engrossed in the story. Hawkins reveals each piece of information slowly which leaves the reader guessing. With each reveal, the predictions the reader makes is changed.  And what one assumes is a mundane story becomes something more.

This read is definitely one I would recommend, especially for it unpredictability.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

Teaser Tuesday | BooksAndABeat.com© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Ambrosia’s Teaser Tuesdays at The Purple Booker)

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27 thoughts on “The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  1. Great Teaser! I was not sure about this book for a while, but I keep hearing a lot of good things about it from others who weren’t sure about it too. I also want to see the movie that has been made, and since I always try to read it first looks like another book or mount TBR.

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  2. Sounds promising, Colline. I picked up a Donna Leon I had to hand- A Sea of Troubles, based in the Venetian lagoon. Too much happening around me to focus properly at present. I imagine you’re looking forward to waving goodbye to your chatterboxes at the end of this week. 🙂 🙂

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  3. I have heard really good things about it as well. I wonder if it is available on the kindle. Thanks for the review Colline, I might have to find it. Didn’t they just make it into a movie?

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  4. I listened to an audio book on my drive back and forth to Ohio- Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockman -I checked it out on the Overdrive App from library which is a cool device and books are free but the good ones are wait listed. It does help to pass the hours in the car. I was curious enough to see it to the end st home while knitting but then I wondered why.

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