“The Girl on the Train” is a psychological thriller novel by Paula Hawkins and it was first published in 2015.
Because of its popularity, it was also number one on the New York Times bestseller list for several weeks. Like many well-known novels, they also made this book into a film. Unfortunately, the film’s setting was changed from the UK to the US, which in my opinion, detracts from the charm of the book’s story.
Anyway, why did I read this book just now? When I finished it, I exhaled, “What the fuck?”. I was holding my breath for the last 100 pages because it was so thrilling.
What I enjoyed a lot was that women narrated the book. Mainly by the main character “Rachel”. Her character is a hot mess, very complex and full of contradictions. In general, I’ve to say that the characters weren’t likeable, but I guess that was the point. Because we should consider everyone as a suspect to keep the tension high until the end. It makes them full of secrets and unreliable. One of the reasons everything goes downhill for some of them in the end.
I really liked it and would recommend it to anyone interested in thrillers. I get the comparison to “Gone Girl”, and somehow I also don’t get it. To me, they are both different from each other. Nevermind, I’ll definitely now read more thrillers, thanks to Paula Hawkins.
My rating for ‘The Girl on the Train’
I absolutely loved the plot and the characters. It was a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it to everyone.
About the author
Paula Hawkins is a British author best known for her psychological thriller ‘The Girl on the Train’. The book was later adapted into a movie.
After her big break, she published ‘Into the Water’ in 2017 and ‘A Slow Fire Burning’ in 2021.