The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Mystery and Suspense
File Size: 1310 KB
ISBN-10: 1594634025
ISBN-13: 978-1594634024
Pages: 336

In The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins masterfully lets the reader into the mind of three women. The protagonist, Rachel is an amnesiac drunk, apologizing for actions that she does not recall or own as her own. After returning from lunch inebriated, she loses her job. To keep face, she continues to ride the train to work. As she rides along, she fantasizes about the people who live in the homes on the road along the track. One day, she sees a woman kiss a man who is not her husband. When that woman is murdered, Rachel feels obligated to tell the police what she saw from the train.

Because of her drunkenness, Rachel’s husband Tom leaves her for Anna, the second woman whose POV provides glimpses into the reality on Blenheim Road, the street by the tracks. Anna is terrified of Rachel and her inability to leave Tom and his new family alone.

Megan is the victim. In her story, she is unsatisfied with life, always wanting to move on.

This book deals with difficult themes: alcoholism, substance abuse blackouts, psychological and physical abuse, infidelity. and deceit. As Rachel tries to unravel the mystery about Megan’s murder, she must determine which of her memories are real or fantasized. There are a lot of red-herrings in the story.

I found the first couple of chapters boring, the ramblings of an alcoholic’s mind. As the story developed, I could not put the book down. I loved Ms. Hawkins prose and literary prowess as she weaved the lives of these three women into a gripping tale.