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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


RATING:ย ๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ•๐ŸŒ˜ (4.25/5 moons)

Published:ย January 13, 2015

Format:ย Hardcover

Pages:ย 323 pages




“He never understood that it’s possible to miss what you’ve never had, to mourn for it.”


Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…



This book tells the story of a problematic girl who rides the same train everyday and imagined a life of the people she notices on one of the train-stop.

At first I’m not really into the story although the pacing of the book is just right. Then the main character, Rachel, is not a very likable character. But as the story goes on, the plot kind of grows on me. I’m intrigued and at the same time amazed by how smoothly the author combines the world of Rachel and the people who lives near the train-stop.

The plot seems all over the place as I’m reading it. But as the story progresses everything clicks and made sense. The relation of each characters to one another is relevant to the story and I can see it developing in another way. I guess the unreliable narrator also helps with the mystery aspect of this story. However, everything felt flat when they reveal the true suspect and the back story does not compromise with the flow of the story. Yes, it make sense, it is possible and it could happen. But I’m not that convinced. I feel like some chapters are a waste of time after that revelation. I’m still wondering what is the sense of some of the scenes in the story.

I really enjoyed the book but only up to the point before they reveal who the murderer is. Still recommending this to anyone who likes mystery and thriller. Our opinion about this book may be different so go ahead and check it out!

Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts.

Till next time!

Maria โค


A reader who becomes a villain, a queen, a princess, a heroine, and a warrior depends on the story that she reads. A dreamer who wishes to dwell in the world that she visited through the pages of her book. A frustrated blogger who wishes to put into words the frustration, boredom, and excitement that she felt throughout her many journeys outside the real world.

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