Book Review: The Girl on the Train (5 out of 5 stars)

The Girl on the Train

This is the best ‘psychological thriller’ that I have ready in years! Congratulations to Paula Hawkins on her wonderful, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, can’t-put-the-book-down debut novel!

The story centers around Rachel, a young lady who takes the same commuter train each morning and evening. On the morning ride each day she sees the same couple sitting on their deck having breakfast. One day, she sees something different…something that will change everything…and I’ll have to stop here, because I can’t reveal more of the plot without spoilers..

The Girl on the Train was in the number one spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list earlier this year for 13 weeks, and in some articles this book has been noted to be the fastest selling adult novel in history. Three things stand out in Hawkins’ novel: plot, setting, and characterization. The plot is solid, well thought-out, fast-moving, and creative. The setting is very realistically described with the theme of trains in the background there throughout the book. And the characters are described and defined so well that you feel like you know them.

Hawkins also includes some other themes (which can’t be noted here because they would be spoilers) throughout this book, all of which are interesting. The narrative style involves first person narrative from more than one character, and this works well for slowly revealing the intriguing storyline.

It is hard to find a flaw in this book. Truly immersing, gripping, and stunning – Enjoy!

Rating: Five out of five stars

Parental Guide: 18+

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