Book Review: The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins


“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.


One word for this book: WOW!

The book swept me off my feet straight away and I was obliged to keep reading. I loved the main character (as weird as they sound), and her whole perspective of what was happening and her reasonings. Hawkins, the Author has done a great job in the characterisation of Rachel, as well as the secondary characters in the book. Everything in this book had meaning, to me it felt like every sentence had a purpose, which built upon itself and established a very climatic ending which I didn’t see coming. The whole idea of Rachel taking the train every single morning, and it stopping at the same spot and for her just to watch the couple Jess and Jason do their everyday things was a very interesting idea.

I have only recently finished high school, and this scene made me want to go back and create a new piece of imaginative writing which integrated this idea and maybe, in turn, expand it. I wish I would have thought of this! Anyway, I just loved how Rachel has been watching this couple for so long, then she sees something that shouldn’t be happening and she gets engulfed in their life. Overall this book to me felt totally unpredictable (at some points in time). I must admit it took me a while to get what was happening, but after that slump, I honestly couldn’t put it down. All the characters were just crazy! And in turn, the whole book felt very dynamic, and the ending left me with goosebumps and shivers. Definitely, a must-read.


Favourite Quotes: 

“One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret to be told. I’ve got a few of those. . . ”

“I’m connected. I am no longer just a girl on a train, going back and forth without point or purpose”
“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete, you have to mould yourself through the gaps”


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is an unpredictable novel, following a very dynamic character, Rachel. Overall I would have to rate this book a 4 out of 5. This book was really, really good and I enjoyed reading it quite a lot. I would totally suggest it to my friends and family to read.


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