The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (first published in 2015 by Riverhead Books)

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?


Have you ever read a book and felt like you couldn’t read fast enough, you couldn’t find out fast enough what would happen. This is what happened with The Girl on the Train.

The more I read, the more I needed to read, the more I could relate to how Rachel was feeling.

I could envisage myself having those black-outs, not knowing what goes on around you and that guilty feeling in your gut the next morning. The way people make you feel even more useless than you already do, the way they bully you and put you down.

The worst part is where they lift you up just a little, just to smack you back to the ground.

I had heard about this book from some friends of mine, I haven’t been doing too well on the reading front this year, and after they recommended it I thought I’d give it a shot.

It went a bit slow at the start, I thought I’d get bored of the book and end up not finishing it, but the more I read the more intriguing it became. Poor Rachel, the ex-wife, having to ride the train past her old house, her old life and you really start to feel for her.

Things start to get interesting when she sees something from where she sits on the train. She has to alert the authorities, but the thing is Rachel is a drunk, so who’s going to believe her?

The book was written from the perspective of three women, Rachel (the ex), Anna (the new wife) and Meagan (the neighbour). Something terrible happens, something that shoves Rachel back into a part of her old life, back into the lives of Anna and Tom. But she needs to figure out what really happened, but she can’t face it and can’t remember it.

I really enjoyed the book, probably because I really felt for Rachel and I so desperately wanted someone to believe and help her. I cringed every time a guy put her down, like she wasn’t worthy, just because she drank a lot and was a little overweight. But that’s what made me want to finish her story, because I wanted to know whether she gets a bit of a happy ending or not.

If you like a good murder mystery, go ahead and read it. If not, don’t bother, you’ll be bored.

I thought it was good, so I hope you do too.

I want to give it 4 out of 5 stars, but some parts were a bit tough to read, so I’ll give it 3.5.

Keen on reading this book? Buy your copy now.

Follow Women24 on Twitter and like us on Facebook.