Post Script: The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

The Girl On The Train

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

Transworld Books

ISBN: 9780857522313



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?


A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.



My View:

A brilliant expose of addiction, isolation and alcoholism woven neatly into a narrative of manipulation and mystery. The book begins slowly, (personally I would have liked to have seen the tempo increased and a little more tension built into the earlier part of the book), yet despite the slow pace I did enjoy this read and there is a lovely twist or two in this one that you will not see coming. The last few chapters are bursting with action, mystery, violence and suspense.


This is a great debut novel and this author is certainly one to look out for.


After you have read this book you will never look at a bottle of wine or a gin and tonic the same way again…


Have you read this book? What did you think? I think sometimes the hype surrounding a book can be detrimental to your enjoyment of the read – expectations can cause the bar to be unrealistically high. Perhaps you are better of not having heard anything about this book before you pick it up and let the writing speak for itself.







12 thoughts on “Post Script: The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins

  1. You’re now the third or fourth person to recommend this book, Carol. I’ve heard from other people that it moves a bit slowly at first, but is worth the way. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Ah Miss Deborah, you are a one! You’re not (that) screwy.
    Anyway, the book, Carol, I’m pleased you mentioned the hype which often puts off potential readers, me being one, but that’s just because I’m a grumpy old woman. However, yours is the only review that I have seen which mentions the alcoholism and for that I’m grateful. Means I can’t read it. No, not a recovering alcoholic – though how you people can drink wine when there’s Boags draught, I don’t know – but, well boring and OLD story.
    Thanks for a helpful review

  3. Did enjoy this book & the alcoholic main character. For me the story moved at a good clip & kept my fingers turning the pages. Now i’m looking forward to the film adaptation!

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