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The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

On January 19, 2015

By Sophia Whitfield
The popularity of the thriller continues to grow after the success of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. The Girl on the Train follows in the same vein. It’s a gripping debut by journalist Paula Hawkins.

Rachel is a young woman at a low point in her life. Every morning she catches the same train and every morning it stops at the same signal giving Rachel a view of a row of houses she knows only too well. She used to live there with her husband. Now he lives in the same house with his new wife and baby daughter.

Another couple a few doors down fascinate Rachel. She watches them every morning from the train. Imagines their perfect idyllic life. Wishes it was her life. Then one day she hears that Megan, the wife of her dream couple, has gone missing and she believes she has seen something that holds the clue to her disappearance.

Unfortunately for Rachel she is considered an unreliable witness. She regularly stalks her ex husband and his new wife. She has threatened them both verbally and on paper. But it is her drinking that really poses the problem. She can’t be trusted. She has long blackouts where she remembers nothing.

Despite this Rachel is sure she knows something that can help solve the mystery. She embeds herself into Megan’s former life in an attempt to uncover the truth behind what has happened.
As Hawkins moves the story ahead we realise that no one is quite what he or she seem.

The Girl on the Train is a compelling suburban thriller. It has a visual quality to it that draws the reader in with refreshing ease. We can see this book heading to the screen soon. Buy the book here.

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