[REVIEW] The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Spoiler-free review:

“There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”

The novel follows the lives of three women. We have Rachel Watson, Megan Hipwell and Anna Watson . Rachel is an alcoholic, her marriage has failed and she’s living with her flatmate Cathy. She has no job but instead of admitting it to her roomate she rides the train to London every day. Whilst on the train, Rachel looks at the houses and the people in them and makes up stories about them. Until one day she gets intertwined in their lives and her stories become nothing more than just made-up stories but completely different. Rachel is lost, with her failed marriage and constanly drinking she finds nothing bright in life just bleakness and loneliness.

The person called ‘Jess’(In Rachel’s story) is actually Megan, who is really unhappy and not what Rachel describes her to be. Unlike Rachel, Megan is married to her husband Scott. She’s lying to her husband about going out with friends instead she’s seeing a therapist who soon becomes her lover.

Anna Watson is the third person we meet and get a glimpse of in this story and she happens to be Rachel’s ex-husband’s new wife. Anna and her husband have a daughter together called Evie. Anna is really cautious when it comes to Rachel, after all she ‘stole’ her husband.

“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”

Chapter by chapter we get deeper into the characters’ lives and find out more about them. I found this book a few days before it’s release date and the synopsis of the novel sounded so good that I had to pick it up. This is a really dark mystery/thriller novel. It deals with alcoholism, failed marriage and death. I loved Rachel as a character, yes she was unstable and depressed but she was also strong character. What I loved about her was the compassion she felt for ‘Jason and Jess’. Megan was a good character. I loved how she had twists and how at one minute you think she is happy and in the next you’re wrong. I loved how all the characters connected in the story. That for me was interesting, reading how Rachel’s made-up stories became something completely different and how she became a huge part of their lives. The only character I didn’t like that much was Anna. At some points she was annoying. I mean I do get that she has a baby and has to be a stay-at-home mom but she didn’t feel as real to me as Rachel and Megan.

Overall this novel was a fantastic thriller/mystery. I would definitely recommend this to fans of this genre and Gone Girl fans, you won’t regret reading this novel.

My rating for this novel is:

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(4 stars)

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