I’ve just finished reading the psychological thriller The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and I’ve got to admit, I couldn’t put it down. The storyline was slightly too slow in some parts, but the book was particularly captivating, it made me think of how we look at others’ lives from such an ignorant perspective; what secrets does an average suburban person keep behind closed doors from strangers? From their own partners?
The protagonist Rachel is a lonely woman who regularly commutes on the train. When the train stops at the same signal each day she peers into a couple’s home. She gives them names – Jess and Jason – and imagines what life they have together. She almost believes that she knows them personally.
The story delves into the psychological struggles the characters are faced with, and what happens when these struggles escalate out of hand. What happened on the night of Saturday the 13th of July? How did Rachel intertwine herself in the lives of these strangers? This book becomes very addictive and leaves the reader second guessing who they can trust and what the true events of that night were.
I’d recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed the book Gone Girl or the Silent Wife. I’d rate it 3 and a half stars out of 5.