Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Girl on the Train: Movie & Book Review + GIVEAWAY!!

Hi guys,

So before I get to the giveaway, I wanted to review the book AND the film, The Girl on The Train. The book is written by Paula Hawkins and is an absolute global bestseller.

When I downloaded the book onto my Kindle for my recent hol, I was expecting a thriller similar to Gone Girl. Everyone was raving about it and as I started to read it, I was disappointed - at first. The more I continued to read, the more I was hooked. 

Amazon LINK here.
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. 

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

I suppose as you are on a train, you do look out of the window and spot different people in their homes each time and your mind does wander and think about what they could be upto, what they do for jobs, what their home lives are like. This is what it was like for Rachel. She spied a couple in a house and automatically assumed that they were the perfect couple with the perfect house and perfect life. However, when the female half of the couple goes missing - Rachel becomes obsessed with what happened to her and discovering the cracks in the "perfect" couple's life. Rachel has a lot of her own life problems and there is a bit of a twist at the end. Points if you figure it out beforehand, I did. I found this book intriguing. I don't give up on books but I did think about it at the beginning.

Some of Rachel's issues are very REAL. However, the plot line did seem a little unreachable although Gone Girl is equally as weird and incomprehensible. Through reading the book, I didn't like Rachel at all. That has never really happened to me previously. However, when I got to the end and more and more of the story unravelled, I felt like I understood her more and didn't really not like her at all!

It isn't often that I enjoy the movie more than the book but I think I did in this case. The film was a very good representation of the book, although you do get more background in the book which is probably how I realised the twist. I don't think its the cleverest book I have read and it definitely isn't Gone Girl BUT it was a good read. 

The movie features Emily Blunt as Rachel. I was a little bit wary of her as Rachel as I didn't know whether I would believe her as this character but I did. She was absolutely brilliant and definitely made this film. There was a LOT of uproar at the beginning.


I am giving away a copy of The Girl on The Train for you at home!

All you have to do is "like" my facebook page (at the side of this page)
& comment below on this post!

The competition will be drawn on Saturday 12th November at 8pm!!

Good luck, Rachael xox


  1. Thank you.

  2. It is a good option!