I recently finished reading Paula Hawkins’ The Girl On The Train, and I wanted to dedicate a post to it because I found it so riveting. Categorized as a psychological thriller novel, this story follows the characters of Rachel, Anna, Megan, Scott and Tom, and the dramatically complicated sense of interconnectedness that exists between them.
The heart of the story revolves around Rachel and her observation of something that occurs between her neighbors while riding the train to work. Rachel, a recovering alcoholic, struggles to determine how to effectively handle the situation without creating additional issues, yet she inevitably seems to do just that. The story concludes with a shocking plot twist that I definitely was not expecting, yet still left me feeling very satisfied.
I enjoyed Hawkins’ choosing to make each chapter in the perspective of different characters, all while writing in the first-person. Hawkins’ is an incredibly talented writer as she is able to completely immerse herself in each and every character in a cunningly realistic context, a skill of an author that I fail to frequently encounter when reading new texts.
All of the characters are so different, yet so similar because of their commonalities and association with the incident Rachel witnesses on the train. They each live incredibly different, separate lives, yet are so similar because of their relationship to each other, revolving around Rachel’s observation. Hawkins’ plot really is pure genius.
I would definitely read this book again, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of suspenseful, descriptive, believable writing. Hawkins’ description of her characters makes them jump off each page, and this is undoubtedly a text that could be completed in one-shot as it is difficult to put it down at times.
A film adaptation of this text was made a few years back, so I think I’ll be checking that out next. Stay tuned to see how it compares to the book!
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