[Book Review] The girl on the train – Paula Hawkins

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year (2015)

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


The characters are excellent and thoroughly well-developed. The main three characters are depicted with endless flaws and how their shortcomings become their own enemy. The characters are psychologically challenged and their life is not an ideal one. But the author has impressively captured the realism in their demeanor. All the three women are self-centered and selfish, whereas their boldness knows no limit. All the three characters are so evocative, interesting and sad that it eventually made my heart grow fonder for them.

Overall i really enjoyed reading this book

Quotes :

# “I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”
# “I want to drag knives over my skin, just to feel something other than shame, but I’m not even brave enough for that”
# “let’s be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.”
# “Sometimes I catch myself trying to remember the last time I had meaningful physical contact with another person, just a hug or a heartfelt squeeze of my hand, and my heart twitches.”
# “it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see it in my face, the way I hold myself, the way I move.”

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