Jan 31 2015

Read of the Town: The Girl on the Train

I think this book will easily be (if it isn’t already) the “must-read” book to kick off the 2015 year. It’s a bit too early to call it the must read book of the entire year, but you never know?

I saw this book come up on just about every TBR list for 2015 of the book bloggers I follow. So I thought I should give it a try. Last year I discovered The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion by looking at dozens of TBR lists for 2014 and noticing a recurring title. There is only one genre I won’t look at, and that’s sappy romance novels, especially of the YA variety. That’s just not my kind of read. But after taking a look at the cover and synopsis of Girl on the Train, I was intrigued. What hooked me? Was it being described as a “Hitchcockian” thriller! That’s my kind of book! I hope to have it read before the Summer begins and I’m sure it will receive a glowing review (fingers crossed).

The Girl on the Train



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?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.