Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Girl of the Train

Synopsis (from Amazon): 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 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?

One (or more) Sentence Summary: WOW!  Crazy good thriller.  Told from the view point of three different women, Rachel, Megan and Anna.  Rachel is on the train and will do anything for a drink.  She blacks out a lot, so never sure is what she witnesses is real or made up.  Megan disappears but looks just like Anna.   Anna is the perfect second wife....really?  The Girl on the Train is one crazy good book.

Fast read/slow read:  Super turner.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I would.

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. 

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.


1 comment:

  1. I won an advanced reading copy of this book from before it was published. There was so much hype about this book at the time. So I expected more than I got. The publisher did such a great marketing job, right down to its very clever cover, that most readers were willing to overlook what I couldn't.

    The way I see it, Rachel, the girl on the train, not only is a raging alcoholic; she also has opinions about people that are often based on nothing and are always wrong. The entire book is about her alcoholic blackouts and figuring out what really happened.

    Another aggravating thing: during tense moments, characters, especially Rachel, bite their lips, often so hard they draw blood. I could just imagine all the people walking around with bloody mouths they had chewed.

    The biggest aggravation is difficult to describe without saying too much and spoiling the story. It has to do with how everything is explained in the end. It is too hard to swallow.