Review: The Girl on the Train

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The beautiful Fiona at Wishes, Hopes and Dreams sent me this book, just because I mentioned that I wanted to read it but was too poor to buy it before payday :-). Aren't best friends beautiful!

Anyway so back to the book. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is one of those books that was surrounded by hype, and optioned for a movie by Dreamworks before it was published, now I usually avoid anything that is so hyped, for fear of being disappointed, but this time I had to, had to read this!

Stay tuned for the blurb:


Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. 
She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses, 'Jess and Jason' she calls them. Their life -as she sees it- is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. 


And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough.
Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become part of the lives she's only watched from afar. 

Now they'll see: she's much more than just the girl on the train...

Rachel is as flawed as a heroine comes. A divorced alcoholic who you can't help but feel sorry for is perhaps the antithesis to what we are used to in the books we've read before especially when the character in question is a woman, but in The Girl on The Train that is exactly what you get.

I found myself rooting for Rachel when she had a good day, and being disappointed in her when she fell off the wagon again and again. I'm sure you will too.

It is really hard to review a book which relies on revealing its secrets one character and one chapter at a time. Each chapter is told from a certain character's point of view, and this allows you to build the story in your head and see how it all ties together.

Without giving anything away I will say you'll be guessing alongside Rachel, you'll be trying to figure out the ending all the way through, you might even do it once but then the story will twist in a different direction and you'll think you're mad and be right back at square one.

If you are a fan of mystery and trying to work out problems, you will love this book. If you love a good easy read that you will fly through in days, you will love this book. If you like to be surprised and unsure if justice will ever prevail, you will love this book. If you do not love this book, I will eat this book!

Trigger warning: for those of you who have dealt with alcoholism, infertility, child-loss, adultery, or abuse this book covers all of these themes,

Have you read The Girl on The Train? What did you think of it? Are there other books you think I will enjoy like this one? Leave me a comment and let me know :-).

Much Love
AJ xx


  1. I've seen this advertised on the Tube and was thinking of giving it a go. It doesn't sound like something I'd normally read but as you've given a nice review I might go and pick it up!

    AJ xx

    Writer’s block and broken lenses

    1. Aww that's great, I really do think it would be hard to dislike this book. I really struggle to review books because I never want to give anything away but I'm working on it 😂.

      The other AJ xx

  2. Glad you like it and I may now get my own copy xxx

  3. Love it! you should, I imagine of its on your iPad you'll get it finished In a night or two lol. Xxx