Audiobook Review: The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins

Posted on 11/23/2015 in Book Review / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review: The Girl On the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Published by Riverhead Books on January 13th 2015
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 325
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.\r\nRachel 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.\r\nAnd 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?\r\nCompulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.\r\n

What an amazing mystery!  The Girl On the Train had me on the edge of my proverbial seat the entire time.  Jessica already reviewed this same audio, and after reading her review post-listen, I agree with basically everything she says. The story is manipulative.  It’s the kind of mystery that makes your heart race as you try to discern any clues Hawkins may have left on the pages as to whodunit.  I spent the entire book desperate for some kind of idea of who the killer was.  And while I had my suspicions (that were right on the money, thankyouverymuch!), I think Hawkins did a great job at making me second-guess myself all the way to the end. All of the characters are simply awful.  Truly, there was not one character I actually liked, but I “didn’t like” them in the best possible way.  No pun intended, but listening to how they went through their situations was like watching a train wreck happen.  You knew it was coming and you just couldn’t look away.  I liked that I disliked them because it gave the story a little bit of schadenfreude for me. I’m not going to spend a lot of time renumerating on this story since Jessica already did a fantastic review of it.  But suffice to say I loved this audio.  It was the kind of gripping mystery with awesome narration that I can easily become addicted to.  I will definitely be looking for more from this author!

Narrator 4-1-1

Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher each narrated from a different character’s point of view, and they were perfectly cast.  Their voices fit the personalities so well and I enjoyed listening to them.  I will definitely be looking for more of their performances.

four-stars
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Jennifer became addicted to books when she randomly picked up a Sweet Valley High book in grade school. She never looked back. After blowing through the SVH and SVU series faster than her parents could put them in her hands, she began perusing her stepfather's bookshelves and reading fantasy like Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which she still maintains is some of the best fantasy ever. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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