The Woman in Carriage 3 – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Woman in Carriage 3

Author:- Alison James

Date published:- will be published on May 23rd 2023

Publisher:- Bookouture

No. of pages:- 286 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

An ordinary journey. A shocking secret. And the perfect murder…

Hattie travels on the 18:53 train home every night. She sits in the same seat, in the same carriage, and sees the same people. The unwritten rule is you don’t talk to your fellow passengers, but Hattie has been watching them all for months now to distract herself from her own troubles.

Then one night a commuter suddenly drops dead. And the terrible accident changes everything.

In the aftershock of the tragic death, the group of strangers huddled around the two tables in carriage 3 strike up a conversation. Boundaries are shattered, connections are made and Hattie becomes tangled up in the lives of her fellow passengers as they travel to and from London every day.

But Hattie has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. The ordinary people on her ordinary journey all have dangerous secrets. When another commuter is killed, Hattie suspects someone in carriage 3 is responsible. Who can she trust? And is the truth closer to home and more dangerous than she could have guessed?

If you are a fan of Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, then check out this book.

Hattie always take the 18:30 train and while on the train, she meets and befriends people on the carriage–Julian, Lewis, Bridget, Casper. The group always meet together for drinks or dinner and Hattie even soon starts developing a romantic feeling towards Casper. But things start to change when Julian suddenly dies in the carriage the police rule it out as homicide. Which one of them would have killed Julian and why? The story itself was unpredictable which makes this really good. The author has managed to captivate the reader from the first page and soon I was hooked into the story. There were some twists and turns in the book, the story itself was fast paced. Hattie wasn’t sure who could actually be responsible for the murder of Julian. And as we dwell deeper and deeper into the story, we couldn’t help guessing who would actually be the killer. The author has managed to bring the reader at the edge of the seat while reading the book and this book was quiet unputdownable as well! The ending felt like you are watching some movie that you couldn’t wait to find what is going to happen in the end.

So if you are looking for a fast paced thriller that will keep you hooked from the beginning till the end, and if you have read The Girl on the Train and liked it, then check out this book! Worth five stars!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

I was born in the Cotswolds but spent most of my formative years abroad. I studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after my two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, I worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.

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