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.

My opinion

I bought this book with coupons just because I heard so much about the book. During a readathon I finished this book in an afternoon, but I’m still not sure what to think of it.

On the back of the book, there’s a quote from Stephen King that he couldn’t sleep until he’d finish ‘The girl on the train’. That quote made me have high expectations. I received the book on Friday and finished it on Saturday, but if I would’ve stayed awake to finish it.. nope, I don’t think so.

The story of ‘The girl on the train’ is intruiging. But there’s no real tension throughout the book, at least not until at least halfway through. Of course you want to know what happened to Megan and if Rachel really had all these blackouts. These two things make that you suspect everyone in the book.

I kinda missed the tension in the book and that’s a shame. The story is well written and the ending came as a bit of a surprise, but still it was a bit of a dissappointment. If you’re looking for a fairly tensed book, which isn’t truly a thriller but does intrigue from the first page, than this is the book for you. I kinda understand the hype around the book, but not really.


‘The girl on the train’ is a book that intrigues from the first page on. What happened to Rachel and Megan and what do they have in common? That’s the question you need answers to and that makes you want to keep reading. The tension is build up really slow and halfway through the book starts to get interesting. You do have to keep reading when you start this.


The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
Published by Doubleday
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780857522320

You can buy the book at Book Depository.

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