Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

 “it’s possible to miss what you’ve never had, to mourn for it.”
― Paula Hawkins,
The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train is an excellent psychological thriller that will keep you on edge! 

Rachel is an alcoholic who has had more than her fair share of loss. She rides the train back and forth and makes up life stories of the inhabitants of select individuals of her old neighborhood. One day she witnesses something out of the ordinary and when she finds out that the woman in one of the homes is missing, she decides to share her insights with the police. They don't believe her and she makes it her mission to find out just exactly what happened to, Megan.

Megan is the other half of the "golden"
couple, Rachel has made up stories about in her head but Megan is far from perfect and has secrets of her own, secrets that just might explain her death.

Anna is connected to, Rachel and Megan. Anna and Rachel have a history together ---  one based upon transgression, fear and anger. 

The lives of these character's are  intertwined and complicated. The reader has to decide who to trust, the alcoholic, liar or cheater but everyone is suspect.

They story can at times be complicated. I personally confused dates and had to periodically turn back pages of entire chapters to figure out what was going on. Was is present or past date?  What is it months or years ago?

I become obsessed with the characters and figuring out who'd done it! This book has been touted as the next, Gone Girl but the comparison is overused. Don't go in expecting Gone Girl because that isn't what you are going to get!

Grade: A

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