Currently Reading: The Girl on the Train


After finishing Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King on Sunday night [look for a review on Thursday], I checked my holds at the library to see if anything was newly available. Lo and behold, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins became available shortly thereafter! I’d been on the waitlist for about a month so I jumped in right away.

'The Girl on the Train' cover art

The synopsis, from Goodreads, is as follows:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.

It seems like everything is the “next Gone Girl” these days, but I love that type of suspense so it works for me! Have you read The Girl on the Train?

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