Review: The Girl on the Train

Book Review

TrainTitle: The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Publish Date: January 13th, 2015

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Adult

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.


To be honest I was expecting more from The Girl on the Train. I mean everyone was talking about it so I figured it was going to be amazing. The Girl on the Train wasn’t bad it just felt like it was trying too hard and was copying off of another book, Gone Girl.

This was a some what suspenseful book. It made you question a lot of the characters’ motives and it kept you on your toes for the most part. The only problem is it felt like it was written specifically for movie or like a movie. The author doesn’t develop the characters enough, they all felt really superficial. Like Rachel’s friend for instance, she felt like a place-mat character, she was just there, she didn’t add anything. Megan’s husband, Scott also felt like an unnecessary character. Megan herself was kind of a stereotypical character.

The plot is pretty good, once you start the book you can’t put it down. It was really interesting for me to decide which character’s had killed Megan. The only problem was I didn’t really like Rachel’s perspective she was really boring and her narrative was really confusing for me at times.

Some parts of The Girl on the Train were also really unrealistic. I highly doubt most people would become so involved in someone else’s murder like Rachel did. The idea that Megan was involved with so many guys was also didn’t really make sense either. The fact that Rachel’s friend put up with her for so long was also unrealistic. Personally I would’ve kicked Rachel out a long time ago. Also towards the end of the book when Rachel’s blackouts are explained, the author doesn’t really give us a thorough answer as to why she couldn’t remember anything.

I also mentioned how The Girl on the Train was kind of a copy-cat of Gone Girl. In a way it is, both books revolve around a women being murdered/missing and the husband being blamed. The Girl on the Train takes the same idea and kind of makes it worse. The Girl on the Train isn’t bad, but I think the author may have been trying to mimic the same success Gillian Flynn had with Gone Girl.

Overall The Girl on the Train is a pretty suspenseful book, but it lacks a lot of overall development.

Categories Ratings
Plot & Premise 4.5/5 Cauldrons
Characters 3.5/5 Cauldrons
Writing Style 4/5 Cauldrons
Romance 3/5 Cauldrons
Friendships 2/5 Cauldrons



3.5/5 Cauldrons


I love reading books of all genres, especially young adult. I am currently a freshman in high school, which takes up the majority of my time. I love watching Supernatural and listening to music by FOB, P!ATD, Halsey, Florence + The Machine, etc. I would love to be go into the medical field when I graduate high school.
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