Book Review: The Girl on the Train

Posted on: June 25, 2016

the girl on the train

The Girl on the Train is Paula Hawkins’ first suspense thriller and a pretty good one that reminds you of Alfred Hitchcock. It debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list and remained in the top position for 13 consecutive weeks, until April 2015.

When I picked up the book, I couldn’t really put it down until I had finished it. It took me a couple of days to actually stop imagining it’s characters as real people.

The story begins with Rachel, an alcoholic, who often blacks out and does not remember anything after her binge sessions. She has  absolutely no control over her addiction which has cost her her marriage, her job,  and to some extent – her sanity. People find her unreliable.

She takes the same train to commute to London and back everyday, in spite of being fired from her job, to hide it from her flat mate Cathy. The only thing she finds solace in during her journeys is watching a couple who she believes are perfect in every sense. She looks forward to watching them each day as the train passes their house. She has already named them as Jess and Jason in her head. Jess is actually Megan, an unhappily married woman who has a haunting past and a troubled marriage. Scott is Megan’s husband, who loves her, but somehow, does not trust her.

On one such journey, Rachel sees Megan kissing another man and gets upset with her for cheating on Scott. Megan goes missing the next night and her husband, Scott, is the prime suspect.

The following morning, Rachel wakes up and finds herself badly hurt, head soaked in blood, her mouth tastes of blood and its insides hurt too. She has no memory of where and how this happened. What she knows of is that something terrible has happened. She struggles with her memory and eventually she decides to take psychiatric help from Dr. Abdic to cure her condition. Dr. Abdic is the same man Rachel had seen Megan kissing the day before she went missing.

The detectives do not take Rachel’s story about another man seriously and the case remains unsolved for a long time. Rachel decides to investigate the case to prove Scott’s innocence.

Does she succeed in finding Megan ? Is Scott really innocent? What had happened to Rachel? Did she have any role to play with Megan’s disappearance ? You will have to read the book to know 🙂

If you love thrillers, this is something that you must read.

Until next time, Stay Calm and Read.


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