The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

February 5, 2015 Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Psychological 21

Greetings Bookworms,

There’s little that drives me as crazy as when EVERYONE is raving about a book and I haven’t read it yet. Right now, that book is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and heck yes I read it! How could I not? I mean, everyone is calling it the next Gone Girl (review). I wouldn’t necessarily go there, but it’s still a good book, so let’s get to it!

thegirlonthetrainSo there’s this gal named Rachel. She commutes into London on the same train every day. She’s a bit of a sad sack, mourning the loss of her marriage and drowning her sorrows in booze. (Uh, side note. Since when are pre-mixed gin and tonics in a can a thing? Is this only available in England? I love G&T but I don’t drink often so my seltzer always goes flat before I use it up. I need these in my life.) She spends her commute fantasizing about a couple she often sees out on their terrace, as one does. One day, she sees something that shatters her view of the perfect couple and a whole lot of crazy goes down.

You know thrillers aren’t normally my thing so I don’t have a much in the way of grounds for comparison, but I thought The Girl on the Train was pretty great. I wasn’t wouldn’t say I was fully gobsmacked at any point during the book, but I certainly didn’t see where things were going until Hawkins was good and ready for me to know where things were going. It really irks me when I figure things out way ahead of time, so this was a HUGE factor in me digging this book. Well played, Ms. Hawkins! If you’ve got a hankering for a little psychological thriller goodness, you need to check out The Girl on the Train

Talk to me, Bookworms! Do you ever make up stories for people you regularly pass? Perhaps people watch and make up lives for folks? 

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21 Responses to “The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins”

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    The G&Ts in a can stood out for me too – but I thought they sounded disgusting and made Rachel look even more desperate than she was…and she was very desperate!

    I really liked this one, but definitely did not love it as much as Gone Girl, mostly because I guessed the ending early on and that always frustrates me (and I’m not usually good at guessing endings).

  2. AMB

    I’m not a big fan of thrillers, but this one sounds interesting and maybe I should step out of my genre comfort zone. I’m in desperate need of a good book. The book I tried to read last week was too boring to finish, and the one I read this week just fell flat at the end after a great start (I probably won’t write about either of them on my blog- there’s just nothing worth saying!). I’m probably being too picky these days, though.

  3. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Ahahaha, I’m sorry, I have nothing to say about the bulk of this post because I fixated on “premixed gin and tonic in a can” and that is now all I can think about. Why DON’T we have that in America? That would be a GREAT thing to have. It is a crime and a scandal we don’t have that. Damn.

  4. Megan M.

    I’m not a drinker (no judgment! Just stating my personal preference, y’all!) so I don’t know that I would’ve known that canned G&T wasn’t a thing here. I’ve Googled and it seems expensive. The book sounds intriguing but I will probably forget all about it in favor of books I’m more excited about. LOL

  5. Jennine G.

    OMG (I know, not my kinds of phrase, but…) I have a folder of saved The Girl On the Train reviews to read after I read this book. This makes six or seven? So, I will be back to comment after I read!

  6. Carly Sorenson

    I always enjoy your book reviews! Your writing style is so funny and you pick the most interesting range of books to read.
    Would you mind checking out my book blog? ^_^

  7. ThatAshGirl

    Ah yes, good ole Gordon’s G&T in a can it’s a beautiful thing. And only in the UK as far as I know. And yet in North America we sell Jack Daniels in a can that comes with the cola already mixed in. Why can’t we have both?!?!

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