Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Girl on the Train

Book: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins

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?-Goodreads

Review: I'm a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers. Even though I figured this out midway through, this was a super fun, fast paced read (this was critical since I just finished a 700+ tedious book about historians hunting Dracula..yes, it was as ridiculous as that sounds). Back to TGOTT...the story is told in 3 narratives with 2 different timelines. We have Rachel, an alcoholic who is obsessed with her ex-husband and his new wife. She spies on them (in a matter of speaking) as well as their neighbors as she takes the train to and from London (where she pretends she is working all day). She's prone to blackouts. Next up, we have Anna. Anna is one of the reasons Rachel is divorced. She had an affair with Rachel's husband and is the new "Mrs." She doesn't like Rachel trying to interfere in her 'perfect' new life, but is everything as perfect as it seems? Finally, we have Megan. She's beautiful, she has a doting husband and her life should be perfect. But she battles depression and is a cheater. When Megan goes missing, Rachel is sure she knows what happened. But does she really know anything? Who can be trusted? Who is telling the truth? 

While none of these women are particularly likable, I enjoyed the quick pace and seeing the story unfold. If you like thrillers, give this a try. 

Grade: 4.5/5

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