Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


Book: The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

Plot: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? (official synopsis)

Rating: 4/5


so this is why everybody is talking about it

I picked up this book because it has been doing pretty good in book gossip columns and must read sections for past few months. Everywhere i turn there was news of this book or somebody’s update about reading it or wanting to read it. So i finally boarded this train that everybody was talking about. After reading the book i am kind of in the middle of agreeing with all these appreciations and not being that impressed too.

The book from the get go is pure content based. Everything that is good to the book is basically because of the strong content added and enhanced by equally powerful characters. Each character in the book is strongly inclined to give you sleepless nights.The whole book has a very dark and melancholic ambiance to it. It is sad. The plight of each characters is sad so be prepared to be swarmed by a tsunami of cold, dark emotions

The only point where the book failed to make a mark on me was at its narration. It is kind of choppy and not smooth to ease you into the book. it keeps breaking in between but once you get to the depth of the story you can hardly notice as you start getting immersed with the lives of these characters mentioned in the book. Language is good and sharp. characters and basic plot powerful and interesting. Definitely serves up on high quotient of thriller making it a good read after you get attached to the core of the book

If you haven’t heard yet then let me enlighten you that the book is already a NYT bestseller and it is being converted to a movie pretty soon and that should say something about the book.. right?

The book is high on rich characters and they make this book shine. Each characters even in passing stirs you pretty good. The book does not go into unnecessary details and stick to the direct path of the core plot. The narration is where i had trouble because it is kind of dwindling in and out of events and places. The whole book is sombre and you need to be prepared for the sad and grey sky hovering over the book but all in all it does justify the hype it has been collecting because at the end of the day it was a good thrilling read for me.