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The Girl on the Train Review

The Girl on the Train Book Blog Review

The review of the best bloomin' book I have ever read (and that means a lot for an English Literature Undergraduate). Don't worry, spoilers avoided!



'The Girl on the Train' has been described as the 2015's 'Gone Girl'. But I think it is better. The story starts in the narrative of Rachel. A slightly overweight, unemployed, divorced alcoholic. Lonely, she takes the same train everyday passing her old home she once shared with her husband in a happy marriage. Little did she know such a train journey would lead her in to being a part of the disappearance of "Jess". "Jess" (Megan) lives a few doors down from Rachel's old home where she shares it with her very handsome husband. Rachel stares enviously at Megan and her life every train journey.

The novel cleverly switches narrative from Rachel, to Megan ("Jess") and then Anna (the wife of Rachel's ex husband). However, throughout the story you never know what narrator can be trusted. Even though you want to trust Rachel; some of her behaviour is too erratic to be. When you think you're getting closer to the reveal of Megan ("Jess")'s disappearance... you aren't. Twists and turns lead to a shocking reveal of the true occurrences.

Paula Hawkins has constructed the structure of this novel tightly and and cleverly accompanied with all the main ingredients for a true psychological thriller. It takes a good author to turn something that one does, casually, on a daily basis, without a thought about doing so, into something extremely dark and horrifying. In other words, commuters to London may want to think twice about reading this novel. (Just kidding- everyone should read this book!)

Overall, this novel is gripping and a compulsive read and everyone needs to read it! It will definitely be the most talked about book of 2015 without a shadow of a doubt.

If you've read this, I would love to hear your thoughts? Or your recommendations of books like such?  If you are reading this.. let me know your thoughts of what you think will happen (don't worry I won't spoil it!) And If you haven't read it yet, I will reply to your comments telling you why you definitely should ha ha. Leave your comments below.


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