Rachel Watson, an unemployed and alcoholic thirty-something, rides the same commuter train every day, imagining lives for the people she observes from her train window. Along the tracks is her former house, the home she shared with her ex-husband Tom Watson, where he now lives with his current wife Anna and their daughter Evie. A few houses down live Jess and Jason (whose real names are Megan and Scott Hipwell), one of the couples Rachel has created the perfect fantasy life for. When Rachel discovers Megan has disappeared, she manages to insinuate herself into the ongoing investigation and befriend Scott. Rachel soon discovers that the beautiful and put-together Megan she created in her mind was far from that, hiding many ugly secrets, one secret in particular that could potentially destroy them all.
After waiting almost three months on the holds list at my local library, I finally got my hands on a copy of The Girl on the Train, probably, if not definitely, one of the hottest and most popular reads of 2015. And what did I think of it…I LOVED IT! Damn you Paula Hawkins for writing such a thrilling novel! I was so engrossed in the story that my poor husband and children had to fend for themselves the two days it took me to rush through it!
The Girl on the Train is a masterful psychological thriller that definitely does not skimp on thrills, with twists and misdirection at every turn, taunting the reader, imploring you to keep reading, hungrily turning the pages on this enthralling, maddening rushing train ride. Truth be told, every single one of the characters of The Girl on the Train is a horrible, hateful, petty and deceitful person, hiding their secrets and obsessions under perfectly created masks. Paula Hawkins has taken her immeasurable talents for writing and storytelling to create them, but instead of deterring the reader, her prose just pulls us in with every sentence read, and making us want, need more than anything to discover these characters ultimate outcome.
Absolutely recommend to everyone. A movie adaptation of The Girl on the Train is already in the works, which isn’t at all surprising, so read it preferably before the movie comes out because well, I always enjoy reading the book before watching its movie adaptation.
I give The Girl on the Train 4.5/5 stars.
Goodreads Seasonal Reading Challenge: Task 5.4 – Earth & Water