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A Novel Idea!: The Girl On The Train - 2018

The Girl On The Train

Reviewed by Laura T.

 = Read/Re-Read/Repeat

The Girl on the Train is a must read for anyone interested in thrillers. I really enjoyed and appreciated how Paula Hawkins chose to write this novel because we get a first-person perspective from three different characters. For example, one chapter might be written in Rachel’s perspective, whereas Megan might narrate the next and Anna the third. In addition, each chapter is split into different dates throughout 2012 and 2013, followed by the subheading “Morning, “Afternoon,” or “Evening,” making it an easy read with plenty of opportunities for stopping points. The novel begins with Rachel’s point-of-view and she gives us a little background information, mainly that she has an ex-husband named Tom (who had an affair while they were married and is currently married to Anna) and rides the same train into London every morning and evening, hence the subheadings. This train stops at the same signal every day, which allows Rachel to look out the window, gaze into a suburban neighborhood, and watch her favorite couple “Jess” and “Jason.”

She doesn’t know their real names, but she feels like she knows them just by watching them every day so that’s what she calls them.

Until one day, Rachel looks out the window and sees something that she never wanted to. Everything that she thinks she knows has changed, and to make matters worse, Megan (Jess’ real name) goes missing soon after. Rachel feels compelled to go to the police and tell them what she saw, but eventually becomes deeply involved in the investigation. Did Megan’s husband have to do with her going missing? Is there another man involved? It doesn’t help that Rachel is a heavy drinker and struggles with memory loss. You have to read this in order to find out what truly happened to Megan, and I promise that Hawkins keeps you wondering and guessing until the very end!


  • Length: 336 pages
  • Published by: Riverhead Books, 2015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857523921
  • Category:  Fiction