The Girl On The Train – A Book review

By-  Abhishek Nanda (LTSL)


The girl on the train is a thriller written by Paula Hawkins, which has acclaimed many laurels in the year 2015. Paula is a London based journalist, who used to work for ‘The Times’. The book has also spun a feature film, soon to be in theatres by the same name; made by DreamWorks, starring many popular actors like Emily Blunt, Luke Evans and Rebecca Ferguson. The book revolves around a middle aged woman named Rachel; her various relations,  vices and  troubles.

The book is written in first person, narrated by three women protagonists from their perspective. The narrative switches between events occurring at different times and different places and is finally brought to a concurrence at the end. It starts with Rachel taking the exact same train every day to work and coming back the same way. During the journeys, she observes the lives of various people living along the tracks, contemplating over the small glimpses of their lives. Watching the same people every day brings her a sense of attachment to them and one day when she sees something amiss during one such journey, she springs into action by trying to be a part of their lives.

It delves into an emotional roller-coaster of Rachel’s life, as well as associating deeply with the other two protagonists. The book starts a bit slowly, trying to connect the readers with the characters at the same time building them up. But after a while, it kicks off and readers start to feel the rush. At the end of the book, you’d be left with an impressive anecdote playing alive in your minds.

Over all, it’s a very amazing read which tests your emotions. You will love the characters as well as hate them. And with each revelation, you’ll desire to know more, raising even more questions. Moreover, it’ll indulge you with simple yet powerful writing and mesmerize you with the “close to life” story with a dramatic touch. A promising read for thrill and drama.  Caution to the light hearted, as it’ll show you the darkness in normal day-to-day lives.

After all , “everybody lies.”

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