The Girl on the Train

IMG_3576Long flights demand a really riveting read. The book I had started before a recent overseas trip was not quite capturing my attention, so at the airport on my return journey I bought a book I’d seen recently that looked as if it would do the trick.

The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller that keep me page-turning on the 14-hour flight. I really couldn’t put it down. Even the inflight movies that had captured my attention for the flight to Europe couldn’t compete with this fast-paced novel.

The book is the first from former journalist Paula Hawkins, and after hitting the top of the bestseller lists, being optioned by Dreamworks for a movie (can’t wait!) and sold all over the world, it’s sure to be followed by more.

Chapters alternate between the main characters, Rachel, Anna and Megan, and are not always in chronological sequence. But it’s easy enough to follow.  Rachel is the girl on the train, who sees something that she believes is important when Megan is reported missing. Anna is married to Rachel’s ex-husband, and lives in the same street as Megan. There are twists and turns and it’s not until the very end that we get an idea of how and why Megan has disappeared, and who is responsible. My allegiance and liking for these characters changed as the book went along; you might not like Rachel much from time to time, but her story will eventually fall into place.

I can’t say too much, so I’ll just say this: buy it. You won’t be sorry. A terrific read.

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, Transworld Books, 2015. 

About A Glass Half Full

A career journalist who became a "accidental" travel writer, I'm definitely a "glass half full" kind of person. And I've also written a guide book to 100 of Australia's best pubs, so my glass is usually literally so. Based in Australia, I'm often in my native New Zealand, and love to roam the world. I'll go anywhere for a good story but prefer the less trodden paths. Whatever I'm doing, I'm usually also writing about it, with passion, depth and humour. You won't find rehashed press releases on my blog, just my own view of the world, as I see it.
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8 Responses to The Girl on the Train

  1. melanieb107 says:

    I read this fabulous book earlier this year, I think after reading a review, and found it both intriguing and exciting. Great read!


  2. Tommy says:

    Marvellous. Book shop here I come.


  3. Virginia says:

    Hmm. Not wanting to rain on your parade, I wasn’t quite as engaged. Whilst it was a well paced, psychological thriller, I think there were too few characters and I picked it pretty early. I put it in the Gone Girl category. Good flight/holiday read. (Mind you, I was so p$&&@d off with Gone Girl by the end, I hurled it across the room. Luckily I am a reading purist and I was not using a Kindle.)

    Am reading Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck at the mo. Set in Swedish Lappland in 1717 (!) Also a thriller but the landscape is wonderfully evocative, lyrical writing and a good narrative. What’s not to like! Vx


    • Well, I think sometimes it depends on where and when you read something. As you say, it’s a perfect holiday/inflight read – and that’s exactly where I was! I was bogged down in Sebastian Faulks (next up on the blog) and in need of a lighter, faster-paced read that didn’t need so much concentration. And yes, I agree – definitely in the Gone Girl category. Thanks for the recommendation – I’ll look that one out!


  4. DebraB says:

    I also found this book riveting, a really good read. 🙂


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