The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Goodreads rating: 3.85 / 5 Stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

Publishing Date: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Summary (Goodreads):

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, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.”

Three flawed and twisted women in one book. We hear their stories and none of them can be trusted. I’ve listened to its audio book and I really like the women who narrated each characters. At first, I had a hard time getting into it but as I continued, it gets more intriguing.

For some reason, I enjoyed this more than Gone Girl merely because of the writing style and I’m more invested with its story. Gone Girl is still great because it’s darker and more twisted. But these two do have similarities. When it comes to the surprise factor I still have to go for Gone Girl. (I’m on the mystery vibe and enjoying them lately)

A tiding of magpies: One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told

Meet the women: Rachel Watson. A miserable, dramatic, and an alcoholic woman. Rides on the train and every time she passes by on her former home, she sees a couple whom she named “Jason & Jess”. She assumes they ARE a perfect couple and wishes she had a life like theirs.. Apparently, she’s divorced and her husband lives in their perfect home… with another woman. Megan Hipwell. The artsy perfect wife of Scott Hipwell but this woman have her own demons and her marriage seems going to its downfall. I will not tell you much about her because.. well. I’m not sure if I pity her. Anna Watson. The opportunistic, man-stealing bitch. She is married to Tom, Rachel’s ex-husband and she’s living on Rachel’s property. I loathe her.

ALL characters are odd, and unreliable. What a bunch of crazy people. I didn’t see the ending coming but it wasn’t mind blowing either. Still, I enjoyed it no matter what. To those who will read this book:

Enjoy the ride with the crazies!



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