Monday, January 2, 2017

**Review** The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

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?

My thoughts:

We all do it. We all look in windows to get a glimpse of their lives and their homes. But riding past their home on a daily basis and looking at their lives everyday - without meeting them...would make sense to create a world about them...right?
And who can blame Rachael for wanting to look. That used to be her street.
The author not only does a fantastic job sucking you into the story right off the bat, but sucks you into Rachael's head right along with her. She can't get out of her own head. She is constantly questioning herself...thanks to her ex-husband who is now married to his mistress.
And speaking of the mistress...Tom's (Racheal's ex-husband) wife Anna..I did not like her. At all. Until literally the last few pages. The entire time she is so self-involved and arrogant..everything is about her...anytime she sees Rachael she goes into panic.. It seriously irritated me that she felt she had the right to think so lowly of Rachael, when she was the other woman. To be so bitter, mean, and cold to a woman whom you have no right to be mean to, as thought Tom was always your husband and Rachael some strange stalker obsessing over your husband got on my nerve. 
One thing that took me a minute, was realizing that this book is told by three narratives. It switches from Rachael (the girl on the train), Megan (the woman that goes missing), and Anna (the other woman/new wife). I didn't realize that until Anna was talking about her baby girl. Although it seems that Megan and Rachael are a lot alike, but Megan a bit spunkier, and at times inappropriate. 

Having not seen the movie yet (but I am dying to, especially now!!!!), I did not know what expect, especially the ending, which gave a total twist I was not expecting...This book, this author seriously kept me glued from the very first page until I read the last sentence. 

******I recommend this book for all adults. Be warned though, there is foul language sprinkled throughout the book.******

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