Book Title – The Girl on the Train
Author – Paula Hawkins
Publisher – Riverhead Books, US
The Girl on the Train: Book Review
The Girl on The Train is the only book I have read of Paula Hawkins, and it has become one of my favorites. Paula Hawkins has set the plot very well and sketched the characters creatively.
This is a psychological thriller that held my nerves, mostly because I could relate to most of the lines in the book. There are three main female characters—Rachel, Anna, and Megan, who have narrated the story in their words.
Rachel Watson has played the character of the girl on the train who takes the commuter train to London daily for her job. Her husband had left her because of her inability to conceive a baby. She feels broken and starts drinking.
“At some point I must have felt lonely, or happy, or something, because I wanted to talk to someone.”
She continues to travel by train every day even after leaving her job and returns in the evening without doing anything. On the way to work, the train takes a break at a station near the house of her ex-husband where he now lives with his wife Anna and a daughter.
From the window of the train, she always sees a couple at the house nearby to the station who looks happy and in love. She doesn’t know them but chooses to name them Jess and Jason. She likes watching their chemistry and the seemingly happy and perfect life.
“There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”
However, one morning, Rachel sees something at the same house which completely shatters the assumptions she had about so-called Jess and Jason. Jess is found romancing someone else.
The Girl on the Train novel is just full of surprises, mysteries, and secrets. All the characters have their own secrets and prove that nothing is as real as they seem on the surface. Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors. Nobody actually knows a person just by seeing him every day.
Now that Rachel feels like a part of the life of Jess and Jason, she can’t keep herself from finding out the truth.
I recommend this book to everyone, especially if you are an INTROVERT.
While writing this review, I found that The Girl on the Train is the fastest-selling adult hardcover fiction debut ever. And the book truly deserves it.
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11 Best quotes from The Girl on the Train Novel by Paula Hawkins
There are plenty of lines that I loved from the book. Here, I am sharing the quotes that touched my heart and I could relate to.
1. “The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps.”
2. “I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”
3. “When did you become so weak?” Don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.”
4. “I want to drag knives over my skin, just to feel something other than shame, but I’m not even brave enough for that.”
5. “I’m playing at real life instead of actually living it.”
6. “People you have a history with, they won’t let you go, and as hard as you might try, you can’t disentangle yourself, can’t set yourself free. Maybe after a while you just stop trying.”
7.“Let’s be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.”
8. “There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”
9. “I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.”
10. “There are familiar faces on these trains, people I see every week, going to and fro. I recognize them and they probably recognize me. I don’t know whether they see me, though, for what I really am.”
11. “At some point I must have felt lonely, or happy, or something, because I wanted to talk to someone.”
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