Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train… -Goodreads
I love people-watching. There’s just something so captivating about making up this whole life for someone else based only upon what you see in front of you.
I decided to read this little thriller mainly because pretty much everyone was reading it and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I’m pleased to say that all the fuss is correct. This is one damn good book. I loved the grittiness of it. I loved how raw it was and how it stole your breath away when you least expected it.
Paula Hawkins basically makes you hate all the characters. She makes everyone a suspect. Every one including the baby.
“But where was the baby?”
I’m just kidding.
It was such a refreshing change to see characters that were so messed up and unlovable. I guess that’s why it has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ a lot. I absolutely hated every character with a vengeance. I would find myself standing in the shower sometimes and I would be thinking of the characters and having this huge ranting session in my head about why they are douchebags. Then I would leave the shower, pulsing with fury only to pick up book again because I had to know what happened.
This story is told from the point of view of three highly unreliable and unstable narraters. You never know who is telling the truth, who is lying and who simply cannot for the life of her remember what happened.
Rachel is the forgetful alcoholic, Anne is the lying second wife and Megan is the neurotic cheat. They have all been robbed of the fullness of life and they are all grieving for what could have been. Together they work to bring three lives together into the big mystery of what happened on Saturday night. Everyone keeps secrets. Everyone.
The reason why this book didn’t get the full 5 stars from me was because I felt like the conclusion was weak. I didn’t like how the book ended. I felt like it was overly dramatic. But that’s the only flaw I could find.
Now go out there and get your hands on this book because it is one hell of a good story.
My Rating: 4/5
*The publisher sent me a copy of this book to review*
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