Thursday 15 January 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Published: 15th January 2015
Publisher: Doubleday


It is no wonder at all that so many people are raving about this book. It definitely lives up to the hype!
I don't even know where to begin! I think The Girl on the Train has to be one of the best thrillers I have read in a while. Paula Hawkins is actually fantastic. Her narrative and way of writing sucks you in completely; it is chilling and atmospheric and it keeps you turning the pages.
As a regular train commuter I found The Girl on the Train even more fascinating and familiar in the way that Rachel takes the train. I don't think I can look at the houses that I pass or the people I sit with on the train in the same way again.
What was even more fantastic about this was that it was completely unpredictable, despite my many guesses and observations, it wasn't until the very last moment that all is revealed that I discovered what it was. For a thriller to do this, it tells you just how good it as many thrillers I have read before, I have managed to figure what had happened and it completely ruins the suspense. Also what made this work even more was Paula splitting the book up into three different narratives, you get Rachel's side but then you unexpectedly get two other character viewpoints. One of which I could not help but be suspicious of their narrative and the ending fuelled my suspicions!
Whilst reading this I could feel myself tensing and bracing myself for what was to come. Each chapter leaves you wanting more. Consequently this is a book you will read incredibly quickly.

A completely and utterly fantastic novel full of tension and suspicion that keeps you hooked. This is THE thriller of the year and it's only January!

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