Standalone Sunday | The Girl on the Train

Just like many of the other memes I take part in, it’s been a while since I’ve done a Standalone Sunday post. Last one I did was for The Song of Achilles, and I chose that as a standalone I WANTED to read rather than one I’ve already read. Luckily, I managed to check that one off my list last month.

This time around, I actually have a recommendation for you, one that I’ve already read!

As a reminder, Standalone Sunday is a feature created by the lovely Megan @ bookslayerReads where each Sunday you share a standalone book (a book not part of a series) that you loved or would like to recommend! Please be sure to check out Megan’s wonderful blog to see her original post and recommendations. And be sure to check around the blogosphere for more posts like this!


My standalone pick this week is:

Girl on the Train| Paula Hawkins


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”

I’ll be honest and say this book can be a hit or miss with some readers. Though the premise is intriguing and the suspense is wonderfully written, the characters are not particularly likable. This book’s cast of characters are nothing if not human, especially the protagonist, who is best labeled an unreliable narrator. Every single one of these characters have something to hide and each one makes a multitude of mistakes. Even so, I found that to be the most believable part of the story!

Even though the mystery is somewhat easy to figure out, the book’s appeal lies within its imperfect characters. In other words, if you liked Gone Girl, you might like this one too!


21 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday | The Girl on the Train

  1. Great pick for this week Azia, I’ve definitely heard of The Girl on the Train. Everyone seemed to be talking about it at work and everyone I know seemed to love it, even my mum who recommended it to me as well. Unfortunately this isn’t really the book for me. When it was crazy hyped up around the release of the movie I did think about picking it up but as the hype faded so did my interest. Still I’m glad you enjoyed this one Azia. 🙂

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  2. Amazing pick Azia!! I absolutely loved this book and thought it was brilliant! I loved how unreliable the characters were because to me, it was the perfect fit for the plot. Like you said “the book’s appeal lies within its imperfect characters” and YES YES YES!!!! i 100% agree!!

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    1. Thank you!! ❤ Yaaay! I'm so glad you liked this one, too! It was a fascinating little thriller with some of the most messed up characters I've read in a while LOL. But that's certainly the best part about it 😀

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  3. Another one I really want to read! I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about this one but for the most part a lot of positive things as well. I remember it was all over the blogosphere back before the movie released. I even bought a copy to read it before the movie but instead of me reading it my mom ended up reading it, which she enjoyed it a lot 😂. Still I do plan on reading this one of these days because I’m curious and want to read more thrillers. Glad it was one you enjoyed. Great pick for this week, Azia!! 😊

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    1. Yeah this book was all the rage last summer. But since then, people have calmed down about it. Negative reviews began rolling around a few months after its release, but I think a good portion of readers still really liked it 🙂 Myself included of course! If you’ve read Gone Girl, I’m sure you’d like this one. If not, then I really hope you like it once you get around to it! 😀

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      1. I feel like every time a popular book is going to be made into a movie it gets even more popular for a while because everyone wants to read it before the movie. 😂 And I haven’t read Gone Girl but I did see the movie for that one. I liked it well enough but it wasn’t a favorite. Either way I do hope I enjoy this one! 😊

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      2. Happens every time I think XD I haven’t seen the movie for Gone Girl. Haven’t even read the book. But from the clips that I’ve seen, The Girl on the Train gives off the same vibes lol. So, I hope TGOTT isn’t too much like Gone Girl for you! 😀

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  4. Haven’t read Gone Girl but I watched the movie (was kind of spoiled beforehand, though, which pissed me off like nobody’s business). Still, I loved it!
    I started The Girl on The Train a few months back but couldn’t get into it. It just felt very boring. Maybe I need to give it another try… We’ll see!

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    1. Spoilers are the worst. So glad you still loved Gone Girl though! And I’ll admit TGOTT takes a bit to get into, but I think it has its merits by the end. I hope you give it another try, and if you do, I hope you enjoy it much more the second time around! 😀

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