The Girl On The Train - Paula Hawkins

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

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…

I loved The Girl On The Train from start to finish. The narrative was written almost like morning and evening journal entries from three characters perspectives and created suspense from the offset. With its many twists and turns I can see why there was so much hype surrounding its release. 

The protagonist, Rachel, is written as a very needy and pathetic character but Hawkins still manages to coax the reader into being on her side. Through every new revelation, you want her to be heard and taken seriously in her alcoholic, pitiful state, sighing to yourself every time she falls off the wagon. 

I don't want to go into to much detail about the novel as I don't want to give away any of the plot, but if you enjoy any of Gillian Flynn's writing, especially Gone Girl, you will love this. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to read more of Hawkins' work.

Do you have any book recommendations?

Abi xo

Don't forget to enter our GIVEAWAY!


  1. It took me a long time to get round to but I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train even though I didn't particularly like Rachel. I just finished an audio book - Try Not To Breathe by Holly Seddon. The protagonist was VERY similar to Rachel but a bit more likable and the story had a really interesting twist to it. I too don't want to share too much for fear of ruining that but well worth a go.
    Michelle X Life Outside London

    1. I can see why you didn't like Rachel, but there was always a part of me that felt really sorry for her. Ooh that sounds fab, I will have to give it a go! Thank you :D

      Abi xo

  2. I loved this book
    Can't wait til the film comes out
    Loved all the twist and turns and I didn't predict the outcome either