The Girl On The Train is a debut psychological thriller novel by British author Paula Hawkins, that was published in early 2015. This book was on The New York Times fiction best sellers of 2015 list for 13 consecutive weeks. It is now being made into a movie by Dreamworks Pictures and is scheduled for release on 7th October 2016.
Having heard such rave reviews, I couldn’t wait to lay my hands on this book and recently I bought a copy. I know, I must be the last one to read this book. The Girl On The Train is a fast paced, artful, clever, gripping and thoroughly engrossing thriller. I suggest you, to read this book when you have free time, because once you start reading it, you will not want to put it down. This is one of those unputdownable kind of books. I loved it from the start till the end. Totally recommend it.
The story is told from three different viewpoints, and from the eyes of three different women-Rachael, Anna and Megan. The main character is Rachael, she takes the same commuter train into London every morning and every day it stops at the same signal, overlooking a row of back gardens.
She often catches a glimpse of a couple, in one of the houses. She calls them Jess and Jason and she thinks they are happy together in a perfect relationship. And then one day she sees something upsetting. After that things change. I’ll leave it at that, I don’t want to be a spoiler and give the story away.
Some of the quotes that I liked from ‘The Girl On The Train’ :
“There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”
“I have lost control of everything, even the places in my head.”
“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.”
“There is nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion.”
“I have to find a way of making myself happy, I have to stop looking for happiness elsewhere. “