Sunday, April 19, 2015

Book Review: The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train
By: Paula Hawkins
ISBN-10: 1594633665
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Rachel lost her job months ago, but she still takes the train into London every morning. One day she is staring out the train window and notices something out of the ordinary. When it is announced that a woman has gone missing the next day, Rachel thinks she just might have the key to solving the mystery.

It contains:

• Profanity (F-word, b*tch, p*ss, Jesus Christ, God, bloody, bastard, h*ll, and d*mn)
• References to sex (his hands on her hips in the shower, someone gave two men oral sex in a book, a married couple kisses and it is suggested that they are nude, a husband wears an apron in front of his wife and nothing else, a husband buys his wife a “silky black teddy,” mentions of having had sex)
• Adultery (a man cheated on his ex and cheats on his current wife multiple times, a woman cheats on her husband, a married woman tries to seduce her therapist)
• One character is an alcoholic and drinks constantly
• Violence (a woman has bruises and a cut on her head, a disturbing story about a baby dying, murder, accidentally cutting fingers, descriptions of blood, abusive husbands, choking, knocking someone unconscious, killing someone with a corkscrew)
• Vomit
• Lying

The Girl on the Train is an engaging adult thriller that follows the perspectives of three interconnected women. It can be read by mature young adult readers, as there are no sex scenes and not too much language, though there is quite a bit of troubling violence.

Readers who enjoyed The Girl on the Train might also like The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson.

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