Big Kid Books | The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

thegirlonthetrainNote: Occasionally I review books in the adult genre, which I refer to as “big kid books”. While Young Adult will always be my favourite genre, I do try to read books from all over to broaden my reading horizons.

Goodreads Blurb: Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.
Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.

Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan’s body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.
A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.

My Musings: My chest feels tight but its not from indigestion, it’s because this book has taken my breath away! Okay that was supremely cheesy, but seriously this book elicits a physical reaction. I’ll admit that I don’t read a lot of thrillers so if this one was ripe with cliches or stereotypes it would not be noticed by me.

What was noticed by me however was a (literally) nail biting mystery that tugged and turned me in a million different directions. I had a love/ hate…okay mostly hate relationship with the main character, but the benefit of such a frustrating and unreliable MC was that I was just as confused and intent on discovering the truth as she was. I loved this book, the only thing I didn’t love was that I doubt that I will be getting any sleep tonight. 4/5

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy


Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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