Book Review: The Girl on the Train

It took me a few months, but I finally finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

It didn’t take me a long time because it was a boring book. It was actually really interesting and sucked you in. I just never had time to read!

The Girl on the Train

The book kind of reminded me of “Gone Girl”, but a lot better.

The story is narrated by three women.

Rachel is the main character. She is also a drunk, unemployed and divorced when we meet her. Since she is usually drunk her memories are always fuzzy. She lives with a friend and even though she has no job (she was fired) she still takes her daily commute into London because she doesn’t know what else to do.

Another narrator is Anna. She is the new wife to Tom, Rachel’s ex-husband. She is also the mother of their child. Tom cheated on Rachel with Anna and the two now live in the house he used to share with her. Rachel is obsessed with Tom and his new family and drunkenly harasses them all the time.

Because Rachel has such a miserable life so has a dream life when she rides the train. She has made up a fantasy life of a couple she sees regularly (who lives a few doors down from Tom and Anna) and Megan is the last narrator of the story.

The story really begins the night Megan disappears. Rachel had been in the neighborhood that night, drunk as usual, and harassing Tom and Anna. She wakes up the next day and sees that Megan is missing and she cannot remember how she got home, but that wasn’t unusual.

The rest of the story revolves around Rachel trying to figure out what happened to Megan. She befriends her husband Scott and starts to fill in the blanks about Megan’s life. She does all this with lies, though, so no one trusts her.

The whole story is a web of lies and back-stabbing (not literal). The book shifts from narrator points of view to keep you on edge. Some happen before Megan’s disappearance, some after and each character has their own version of the truth.

Rachel slowly figures out what happened that night and realizes a lot of other things she never noticed because of all her drinking.

When you finally get to the ending you realize you never saw that plot twist coming!

It is definitely a book I would recommend.


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