Saturday 10 January 2015

Review: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Release date: 15 January 2015
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb: 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…

The Girl On The Train is a novel I've been hearing a lot about recently, after reading it, I think its safe to say we will probably all be heaing a lot more about it.

The Girl On The Train is a thriller of  the highest quality. Paula Hawkins writes excellently and you certainly wouldn't recognise this novel as a debut.

Rachel 'The girl on the train' is a character only the extremely hard hearted wouldn't feel sorry for. Lonely, unemployed, depressed and an alcoholic, Rachel seeks comfort in her daily 'commute' to work (so that her flatmate doesn't know she lost her job) where she makes up stories about the houses and strangers she sees - who doesn't?!

One day she sees one of her regular 'friends' kissing a man who isn't her husband. Rachel feels saddened and angry by this. Although she doesn't know the couple that inhabit the house, only two doors down from where she used to live, she feels that she does, and she doesn't understand why someone would be so stupid as to to flaunt their dirty laundry in public.

As with most thrillers, things are not what they seem, and Rachel is not the only woman keeping secrets from her family and friends. When the woman goes missing sparking a massive man hunt, Rachel feels compelled to tell the Police what she saw, but will they believe an alcoholic prone to black outs? Or will Rachel find herself in more trouble that she could ever imagine?

The Girl On The Train is a novel told not just from Rachel's perspective but also that of two other women, but to tell you about them, would give a little more away about the plot than I would wish to. I want you all to read this amazing debut for yourselves!

The Girl On The Train can be preordered from Amazon online and Doubleday now and will be released on 15 January 2015.

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Thank you to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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