The Girl on the TrainThis is the book the everyone is talking about right now. The one that has a “twist like Gone Girl” and has 910 (at the time of writing) five-star reviews on Amazon; an average 3.96 rating on Goodreads with over 27,000 ratings.  And it was good.  But I guessed the twist. So that makes it slightly less awesome for me.

That being said, if you liked Gone Girl or you like books like Gone Girl where you know things just aren’t quite what they appear; if you like fast-paced reads that do make you wonder if what you’re guessing is right, then The Girl On The Train is definitely one you should check out.

From Amazon:

“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.”

This was a quick, enjoyable read.  I don’t know that I agree with emotionally immersive in the way the Amazon synopsis means it, but I will say the most intriguing part of the book to me was Rachel’s struggle with her own demons.  And I did keep turning pages, wanting to know what happened next. This was a terribly fast read for me, encompassed largely in one day, so I was not at all bored by the story.

But I guessed the twist (and so has everyone else I have talked to who has read the book), so I can’t quite give it five stars. But I can tell you this:  for something engrossing, engaging, and highly entertaining, The Girl On The Train is one you will want to add to your reading list.