The Girl On The Train: Book Review by Dinh
The Girl On The Train Review
The girl on the train is Rachel Watson. She commutes into London for work on the same schedule each work day. The same routine and scenery.
There is a spot on the track where the train stops or slows down at the signal and she gets a good view of a couple’s garden. It also happens that this garden is on the same road that she used to live with her ex-husband Tom. Tom is still living in the house that they bought together, but now with his new wife Anna whom Tom left her for.
Rachel likes to watch the happy couple have their coffee in the garden and fantasize that Jess and Jason are the perfect couple, just like her and Tom before he had an affair with Anna and left her.
Then one day that fantasy of the perfect couple is shattered when Rachel sees Jess kissing another man in the garden.
The day after Rachel witnessed this from the train, Jess disappears. Rachel does not know the couple, whose real names are Megan and Scot, but she feels like she knows them and wants to help.
Rachel decides to help with the investigation and tells the police what she saw that morning on the train. The police do not take Rachel seriously because Rachel has a drinking problem and is considered an unreliable witness.
As the plot thickens, Rachel’s drinking spirals and she is mostly drunk and has memory lapses.
What happened to Megan? The vein of the story centers on Megan’s disappearance. We find out what happens to her in the book but why did she disappear and what is her story?
The Girl on the Train Recommendation
To be honest, when I first picked up the book I wasn’t expecting much but as I read and got more into the book it grew on me. Then it became addictive and I had to find out what happened and who the killer was.
The novel is easy to read and the pace is good; steady all the way to the end.
Whilst reading the book I was trying to figure out who the killer was. It is very suspenseful and Hawkins does not give up the killer until about the end of the book. By that time I had guessed and changed my guesses several times and then finally got the killer correct right at the end!
The story gives 3 narratives, Megan, Anna and Rachel. What I like most about the story is the character Rachel and her narrative. Hawkins does a good job in making us connect to her. She is a lonely woman who drowns her sorrows by drinking. You feel sorry for Rachel because she is messed up and has difficulty in dealing with the breakup of her marriage with Tom.
Rachel is still in love with her ex-husband and she doesn’t know how to stop loving him even after 2 years of being left by him.
Most of the story is told through Rachel’s perspective as she pieces together what happened with Megan’s disappearance. I felt that there was a better understanding of her Rachel’s personality than Anna’s or Megan.
This is a good thriller with a plot that keeps you on your toes. Murder, mystery, love, betrayal with each main character having a motive.
I loved the twists and turns the novel makes as well. This is the brilliance of Hawkins as she gives you a bit of information at a time so you can tie the story together yourself. How do you piece together this murder puzzle when you have a murky drunken view on of what happened?
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