The Girl on the Train

Every day the same 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 a signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck.  She looks forward to it.  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?

The Girl on the Train is what Gone Girl would be if it were on steroids.  It’s got a little bit of everything – infidelity, mental instability, mystery.  All the things that make a good thriller.

The story unfolds from the perspectives of three different women:  Rachel Watson, Megan Hipwell, and Anna Watson.  It would have been interesting to hear from the different male perspectives as well, but that probably would have been too many stories for Paula Hawkins to juggle.  It was confusing enough as it was.

Seriously.  It starts off as one story, then it shifts to another story that makes sense in the context of what the reader knows, but Hawkins saves the mind-bending bombshells for the very end.

It’s one train ride you won’t want to miss.

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