Review of “The girl on the train”

Title: The girl on the train

Author: Paula Hawkins

published by: Riverhead Books

Released: January 13th 2015

Genre: Thriller

Where to find it: Amazon


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?



This is the editorial phenomenon of the year, at least, this is what they say. In my opinion this can be defined as a good book for the ones that never read thriller. Don’t take me wrong, this book is fluid, easy to read but it’s definitely not a masterpiece. The first part of the book was difficult to read; the characters weren’t psychologically defined. It’s difficult for the reader to get emotionally attached to them and this causes a more detached reading. The author tends to concentrate the real pathos on the second half of the story, making difficult, for the reader, to live the story; every character seem to be not relevant and come out in the end with a surprise effect that doesn’t give the reader the time to have a more exhaustive idea of him. I love the complex psychology of the human being and this is not a main feature of this novel; this book describes a sequence of events about characters, not human beings. The most important trait of a thriller is the psychological introspection, the analysis of the characters that makes the reader to love, hate, fear them. Something that keeps the reader glued to the book is the feeling to be part of it, walking side by side with the characters in between the pages. This is everything this book lacks, there is no time to understand the characters because the pace is fast, following an extenuating sequence of the events.

By the end, it seems that the author had difficult to match the puzzle: it’s like she outlined very well the contours but didn’t focus on the main picture. Clean outlines, blurry picture, this is how this thriller is. Fast, without claiming to be a masterpiece and a little bit out of focus.

2 on 5

Reviewed by Isabella

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