Book Reviews

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins (Review)

Title : The Girl on the Train

Author : Paula Hawkins

Page count : 352

Publisher : Riverhead Books


This book’s been sitting on my TBR pile since June, and it was only a few days ago that I decided to just take it up and start reading. I was a bit wary first, taking into account the hate this book has received, but I thought – if I have bought this, then I definitely should read it.

So began the journey. Of Rachel, Anna and Megan. Three dominant characters – each with their own complexities and each with their own flaws. Rachel, a drunkard and a divorcee, who still pines after her ex-husband, boards the train every morning to London. On the way, she sees Megan and her husband, leading their seemingly perfect lives, until one day – Megan disappears. What happened to her? Read The Girl on the Train to find out.


I think diving into the book without any expectations and without any biases was the best thing I could do. Had I read this book thinking it to be the “next Gone Girl”, I would have undoubtedly disliked it. But going in without prior judgement and hopes – that’s the only way you’ll like the book. Like the book you will, because the book is good.

The writing is fluent, and excellent. I think the writing just worked perfectly for me. The story was intriguing, though a bit too slow-paced for my taste. There’s no way I could’ve predicted the end, and that was what kept me hooked right from the beginning. Character development was on point – just what was needed. All in all, this book was a very good read. I’m so glad I picked it up!

My Rating : 3.5/5


4 thoughts on “The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins (Review)

  1. I agree — I read this not knowing about any of the reviews and enjoyed it. Not the best thing I’ve ever read, but worth a read. Once I had read it I saw that review that compares it to Gone Girl (which I LOVED, like 10 out of 5 loved), and I was glad I hadn’t gone into it with that expectation. It’s a very different concept for a book.

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    1. That’s exactly what I feel everyone should’ve done. Expecting it to be like Gone Girl (which was a masterpiece) is what ruined everyone’s reading experience, I feel. Anyway, I’m glad you like the book!


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