The Girl on the Train – by Paula Hawkins

2 03 2017

I didn’t really want to read this book but a friend lent it to me and was about to move away so I thought I should get it done! (In fact, the last three books I’ve read have been once I’ve been lent, next I get to go back to my very long to-read list!)

We first meet Rachel, who regularly watches from the train when it stops at a signal, and follows the lives of a couple who live on her old street. Sadly Rachel has a bit of a bad relationship with alcohol, and after she sees something suspicious from the train one day, followed by a night she doesn’t remember, one half of the couple disappears. Her story is also narrated through the book but starts a year earlier so we have no idea what happened. There’s also a third narrator who is the partner of Rachel’s ex-husband. Sounds very complicated, actually very straight forward!

The book is full of twists and turns, and while I saw the ending coming, I did not see how it was going to get there, it kept me guessing! On Tuesday night I was going to get an early night but I ended up finishing the book instead… woops!

I’m so glad I read it, definitely a lesson in taking book recommendations even when you doubt them!

PS: Couple of great one liners from the book

  • “I can’t help the way I am”, “You can help what you do, though”
  • “I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts. Who was it said that following your heart is a good thing? It is pure egotism.”

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