Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Rating: ✪✪✪✪ ½  out of 5 Stars

Release Date:                     January 2015
Author’s Website:               Paula Hawkins Website
Publisher’s Website:        Random House


MY THOUGHTS
    Reading this book was like travelling on a high-speed train, excuse the pun. It begins slowly, and you are lulled into thinking this might be just a relaxing trip to while away the hours. Then, suddenly, you are sucked into a ride that is dragging you along faster and faster.
    What was so fun about this read was the dialogue inside Rachel’s head. She’s a flawed heroine with serious issues, which are only revealed as we realize what she’s sharing with us (and herself, to a degree) and the reality, are two different things.
    Each weekday, as Rachel travels back and forth to London, she passes by a row of houses near a stop signal. As the train pauses at this spot, it gives her just enough time to spy on a couple living in one of the houses. She names them Jess and Jason, and invents an imaginary life of happiness around them, in stark contrast to her own.
    One day she sees something that surprises and alarms her, and she finds herself compelled to interject herself into these complete strangers’ lives. Other more terrifying events occur and, suddenly, she is not only entangled in a police investigation, but she may actually be in grave danger herself.
      The story is immersive and the characters strong. Perhaps the reveal was not so much a surprise, however, as they say, it’s not always about the destination, but about enjoying the journey. This is one thoroughly enjoyable journey, and I’ll certainly be catching the next trip with its author, Paula Hawkins, when she releases her second book.
     I received a copy of this book from http://www.randomhouse.com.au/ for an honest review. Thank you to the wonderful book-loving people there.
More about this book at: The Girl On The Train

BOOK 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

About the author:

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

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