The Girl on the Train

girlontraThe Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
2015 / 326  pages
Read by  Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher / 10h 59m
Rating:  A / crime (thriller)

Something happened to Rachel, but she can’t remember what it was – she was drunk as usual.  And the woman she knew as Jess (Rachel made up that name for her)  is missing – somewhere – and Rachel saw something … while she was – oh no – bothering Tom, her ex-husand,  who lives very near Jess and her husband “Jason,”  with Tom’s new wife,  Anne.

Rachel used to live in Tom’s house and wanted the child he and Anne now have,  but poor drunken Rachel lives with a roommate and is about to get kicked out of there for drinking in the same way she was fired from her job for drinking – really,  it’s about what she does while drunk that gets her in trouble.  And she wants Tom back.

When the story opens Rachel takes the train in to London every day,  pretending to have a job there,  so the roommate won’t get suspicious,  and she passes the house Tom and Anne now live in,  very near the house her Jess and Jason live in and she snoops.  But en route one day she saw something she really didn’t like  – something about Megan  – and why is Rachel all bruised up now?

Lots of suspense in this book – page-turning-until-3AM suspense.  There are three women telling the story from their own point of view, but Rachel is the star – a drunken and completely unreliable  star most of the time – she can’t even remember what happened to her, when, where, why – nothing – and it’s important.  She knows it’s important – because Megan is missing – for reals.  

After Rachel tells her tale,  Ann,  Tom’s new wife,  tells her side of the harassment from Rachel,  then Rachel gives us some backstory,  some forward movement, after which  Megan tells parts of her life with Scott (Rachel’s “Jason”).  None of the women is reliable – none is particularly likable either,  although Rachel is a bit more sympathetic.

Hawkins keeps the suspense up with a number of stylistic tricks (well done, btw) including messing with the chronology as well as the order of  narrator voices.  It keeps everything just a bit off balance – like a drunk?  (lol)  But it all comes together after awhile and then it’s too late – the reader is doomed to a late, late night.

I really can’t say more except that I might just have to get this book in the mail to my daughter because it’s just the kind of thing she gets lost in until she’s finished.  (lol)

3 Responses to The Girl on the Train

  1. Pingback: The Girl on the Train | Becky's Books -

  2. Jeff O'Brien says:

    You convinced me, Becky. I put myself on the library hold list. I think I am number two hundred and something.



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