Saturday, May 30, 2015

Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Pages: 316
Received: Received a copy from Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: January 6, 2015
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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 Review:

Every day Rachel takes the same train into town and the same train back, and every day she stares at the houses that she passes and dreams about what is happening inside and what the people are like. Rachel has made a life for these people and then all of a sudden, the woman disappears, Rachel finds herself intrigued and needing to find out what truly happened to "Jess".

Rachel begins getting deeper and deeper into the lives of this couple and through this investigation of a woman's disappearance, Rachel inevitably begins to confront her own life and the mistakes she has made. As you learn more about Rachel and her life, you wonder what is really happening, and readers are truly taken into a dark circle where you can't tell which way is up.

This is really one of those books that not much can truly be said about it, or else the entire story is given away. It is the book that readers really need to experience for themselves and then just pass on to others, it was a book that stayed up reading late into the night because I really wanted to find out not only what happened to Megan, but also what would happen to Rachel and the rest of the characters as the mystery continued to deepen.

I honestly was nervous about reading it because of all the hype this book has gotten, but I did really love the mystery Paula Hawkins gave me in this story.

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