“A tiding of magpies: One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told” Rear Window meets Gone Girl. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is voyeuristic like Rear Window, with an unreliable narrator like Gone Girl; this psychological thriller is a page turner!
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
Every day, as Rachel takes the train to London, she looks at the same suburban house where she watches a couple out on their deck. She names this couple Jason and Jess and fantasizes about what their life together is like. One day she sees something out of the ordinary and feels compelled to report it to the police, becoming embroiled in the investigation. The story is told through three different points of view, which is always helpful in unraveling a mystery. However, Rachel tells you from the beginning that she likes to have a few drinks and sometimes she has memory loss. She is also suffering from depression.
The beginning of the book is slow and steady like a train ride. Rachel is on the train every day and she leaves a trail of clues for us to follow. When Rachel witnesses something unusual, the book picks up speed like a train that starts moving faster, making fewer stops. When Rachel inserts herself into the police investigation, the train picks up speed again. Once you have all the clues and can solve the mystery, it’s as if the train is unrelenting and will not even stop at the station. For a quick read with twists and turns, I recommend The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins.
- Dawn, Reference Intern