The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Release Date: January 13th, 2015
Publisher: Riverhead Books
“The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps.”
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?
This book was a wild ride from start to finish. It was a fantastic mystery that kept me guessing every step of the way. I had a few theories and I eventually figured out what happened before the big reveal, which was a big reveal because I didn’t see it coming for most of the book. The change in narrator is a bit confusing at times, particularly when Rachel drinks heavily because she can’t remember what happens and as a reader that is so frustrating because I can only know as much as she does. There were points where I got so frustrated with her drinking that I would just sit there and say, Rachel come on, we know what happened last time you did this and it didn’t turn out well. I felt really horrible for Rachel because the entire book she was beating herself up over the state of her life, which to her credit she really did mess up, but it wasn’t completely her fault. She had help. With that said, every character was crafted in a way that kept you reading and wanting to know more about them. The mystery was fantastic and every clue sent you in a new direction. Definitely a highlight of my book reading thus far.
Rating 4 Stars