[REVIEW] The Girl on the Train

Series: N/A
Paula Hawkins
 adult, suspense, mystery, thriller
 January 13, 2015
Publisher: OME Trade Paperback

There she sits, the girl on the train. What she sees, gazing out the window, will change everything.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, and in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? 
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut. 

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I picked this book up just because it's a suspenseful mystery... well at least that's what we people say. I see it on goodreads a lot. A LOT.

Rachel takes the train every morning. She sees this perfectly married couple, Jess and Jason. But then one day, she doesn't. She sees the news and find that the wife, Jess, is missing. The night Jess went missing is the same night she seem to forget everything that happened then. She feels that she saw something important that night but then she's not sure.

When other readers said this is suspenseful, I see now what they mean. It's got a really thrilling pace which changes from one point of view to another. Furthermore, the time between point of views are different. Two point of views, Rachel's and Anna's, are set in present, while Megan's is set from the past. The difference of the POVs and their time frame really adds up to the intriguing side of the story. As I read through, I always check out the dates, especially Megan's, and try to see how things will connect.

Rachel is such an unreliable heroine. She mainly tells the story. She's a drunkard and would occasionally pass out and forget what happens. She fails to remember events and sometimes mixed them all together. Her narration is both thrilling and made me think twice about the culprit. In fact, I never really guessed who the culprit is (but I'm thinking people who've read Gone Girl would have guessed it since it's the book which this is compared to).

The ending was totally heart stopping. I had to read it in one go. I can't put it down not because I still have no idea who the culprit is but once everything started making sense, everything just started going faster than usual and it was crazy. I like how exciting the climax is and how everything was perfectly put together.

OVERALL, The Girl on the Train is a fast-paced thriller. I was immediately absorbed into its intriguing mystery with a climax that's really difficult to put down. It's got an unreliable heroine who decided to put herself in the middle of things. It's a recommended read for people who enjoys thriller-mysteries.

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What I Like: (1) the nail-biting pace, (2) the pitiful unreliable heroine, (3) how twisted (or plainly paranoid/anxious) the people are in this novel, (4) the gripping climax, 

What I Didn’t Like: N/A


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