by Paula Hawkins
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Just released: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Hardback: 336 pages
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
With all the hype, I picked up this one and zoomed it to the top of the reading pile. I was not disappointed.
The unreliable narrator made this story more of a mystery to follow. In fact, none of the characters were trustworthy to me so everyone was suspect and unlikable.
However, the progressive thriller pacing of the story kept me reading to find out whodunnit.