Genre: Mystery/ Fiction/ Thriller/ Crime
Published On: 13th January 2015
Print length: 316 pages
About The Author:
Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She is the author of two #1 New York Times bestselling novels, Into The Water and The Girl on The Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold almost 20 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.
About The Book:
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…
I didn’t really want to buy this book. I went to the bookstore and was looking for an exciting crime/thriller. The shopkeeper recommended this to me but I wasn’t really impressed when I read the blurb on the back. I ended up leaving with We Were Liars, which I previously reviewed. A few weeks later, I am back in the shop and since I still can’t find any new crime thrillers, I end up buying this.
It stayed on my bookshelf for a little while and the other day we had a power outage of 8 hours. Having nothing else to do, I picked up this book. I did not like it in the beginning. Not at all. It was depressing and that was the last thing I wanted to feel at the time. But, it got better. Much much better. So much so that I read more than half the book in a single sitting. Completed it the next day.
The book was written wonderfully, the flow of the writing progressed really well with time. I was constantly shocked at different occasions. Whenever I wrapped my head around what was happening and thought it would be smooth sailing from here on, I was proved wrong every single time.
The book has three different narratives from three different women and none of them were what they seemed to be. Everyone was struggling with something that the rest of the world does not know about. I guess that is true for all of us as well. But, seeing the characters struggle with these issues made them more believable.
You might have to push through the first few chapters but if you see it through all the way, you will not be disappointed.
Happy Reading ~ A
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