The Girl on the Train: A Novel by [Hawkins, Paula]

About the Book

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?


About the Author

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. Her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, has been published in over forty languages, has been a No.1 bestseller around the world and is now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Into the Water is her second thriller.

Paula Hawkins

My Review

This was a book that I would see on the bookstore shelf and kept putting off buying.  Why?  I have no idea!  I spent an entire Saturday reading the book from beginning to end!  Rachel, the main character is a mess!  Divorced, scorned, and lonely, and an alcoholic, she fixates on a house with a married couple.  She gives them names and is certain that their lives are perfect.

Somehow, Rachel finds herself in a bind when the police show up at her home.  Due to her alcoholism, she suffers from blackouts.  She is asked about her appearance on the street where her perfect couple lives because she is now missing.  She is set on helping out the perfect husband so that he is not charged with his wife’s disappearance and while doing so, makes a mess out of just about everything.  There are lots of twists in this story!  

I purchased this book to read and review.