Could THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins, really be better than the blockbuster GONE GIRL? I think so! And it’s so much better written.
Riverhead Books says: ” Compulsively readable, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is an emotionally immersive thriller and an electrifying debut.” I totally agree.
This sophisticated psychological thriller has a Hitchcock edginess to it. And it left me wondering if anyone is really who they seem to be…
Most of you readers know me; not so much the thriller reader. However, lately this type of story has appealed to me as I have been dealing with some stressful issues in my life. Heck, the holidays alone are stressful for all of us in one way or other. So, when this fabulous thriller came along, I decided to give it a try. Wow, so happy I did.
The story takes place present day. It’s told in the voices of three women: Rachel, Megan, and Anna. They all live outside London in the deep burbs. Rachel takes the slow 8:04 a.m. commuter train to work each morning. The train clippety-clops along the rail passing the same places each day, but, Rachel has taken more than a normal interest in the row of modern Victorian homes that are just close enough to the tracks for her to hear a phone ringing within a house and to catch a glimpse of the people who live within. Rachel has even given names to one couple who live in #15, her favorite trackside house. So one day as she watches from her perch in the window of the train she sees something shocking. And now the story picks up speed and begins running away with itself.
This is one of those unputdownable books that we look for and rarely find. So many twists and turns. I found myself second-guessing myself over and over again.
Hawkins has crafted a riveting story that will destroy your naive trust in those around you; make you think. This chilling thriller will take you for a horrific ride and keep you guessing through the entire book. It’s shocking, enticing, craftily written, and totally brilliant.
My finished hard copy came from Riverhead Books in exchange for an honest review. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins will be available Tuesday, January 13. Mark your calendar!