The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Pages: 316
Published: 2015
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Edition: Paperback
Source: Library

Description:   Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared. 

Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan's body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.  (via Goodreads)

Thoughts: Like the previous book, I read this book due to the hype.  And for the most part I enjoyed the book.  While there were things that I liked about this book, like the twists and turns that the book to its final conclusion, there were things that were disturbing.  The main one being the behaviour of Rachel.  Thinking back on it, her behaviour was too creepy and don't know if I would want a person like that lurking around my neighbourhood.  I also felt that her overall behaviour was woe-is-me and she didn't really do anything to change that sort of behaviour over the course of the book, even though that maybe she did slightly change towards the end of the book.

Bottom line: The book was kinda meh.  While I don't know what I would have done differently about how the book ended, I felt that the ending was sort of anti-climax, even though the bulk of the book really kept me on the edge of the seat.  Recommended.

Rating: 3.5/5


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