Paula Hawkins “The Girl on the Train”

“The Girl on the Train” is a psychological thriller written by British writer Paula Hawkins. Published in 2015, this novel quickly gained the popularity and received a leading position in the bestsellers of “The New York Times” and “Amazon”. This novel has received favorable reviews from modern writers, even Stephen King said: “The Girl on the Train”, by Paula Hawkins: really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night.”

“The Girl on the Train” is a story about Rachel Watson – 32-year-old divorced woman, which has problems both with private life and alcohol. Every morning at 8:04 she gets on the train from Ashburys to Euston to get to her work in London.

During this “journey”, Rachel gladly looks on the residents of Victorian style houses which backyards facing the track.

“There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.” 

Among them is the house №15, where the married “golden couple” lives – Scott and Megan Hipwell. Rachel lovably calls them as Jason and Jess. Their life seems trouble-free and joyful. She admires them, and even feels a little jealousy. After all, she recently lived on the same street, in house №23, and was married to Tom, who left her for his mistress Anna. Divorce, depression, problems with alcohol, loss of memory… And the life seems like ordinary become a depressingly sad.

“Beautiful sunshine, cloudless skies, no one to play with, nothing to do. Living like this, the way I’m living at the moment, is harder in the summer when there is so much daylight, so little cover of darkness, when everyone is out and about, being flagrantly, aggressively happy. It’s exhausting, and it makes you feel bad if you’re not joining in.” 

Lonely and tired, day after day she watches the same happy family moments until she find out that Megan Hipvell has disappeared. It would be nothing if the day before Rachel did not see something strange on the court of the ideal couple. Forgetting about her own life, now she wants to know what really happened. But you know, someone else’s life is full of mysteries no less than your own.


“You don’t know her. But she knows you.”

What lies behind the disappearance of Megan? Why Rachel can’t be happy again? What is Anna so afraid of? Every woman has her story which Paula Howkins propose us to discover. “The Girl on the Train” is a great novel in the genre of psychological thriller. It fascinates, attracts and amazes.

Recently DreamWorks Pictures presented a movie “The Girl on the Train”, which is based on the Paula Hawkins’ book. So, the impression of the book you can amplify watching this film.



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