Published: January 15th 2015
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life — as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
The reader gets to know about a lady that takes the train in the morning and in the evening. She lets us know through her thought what has happened the previous day/week before what has happened in her life. Apparently she’s a divorcée but can’t really let go of her late husband Tom. The lady, Rachel, also has a drinking habit and seems to feel better after she has had a drink or two. Or more, depending on her feelings and situation. When Rachel has drunk too much, she dials her ex husband and his new wife far too often. At least that’s what Tom tells her the next day, after she got no memory of doing so.
So one night, Rachel feels the need to go to Tom’s house, which is close to the train tracks of Rachel’s daily trip. She has drunken too much and the next day, she can’t remember one single thing. She’s completely blacked out. So Rachel decides she needs to find out what happened on her own, because it simply feels horrible not to know. The need of finding out gets stronger when Megan, a woman from a home close to Tom and Anna, his wife, disappears. Rachel thinks she knew Megan since she had been able to watch Megan and her husband Scott from her train. She needs to tell Scott what Rachel has seen about Megan.
So the discovery starts. Rachel slowly thinks she turns crazy while the truth slowly gets uncovered. Apparently, all she has thought so far is a lie.
There isn’t really a danger in the literal sense, but the danger that the wrong person of murdering Megan would be charged. Or that the murderer might want to shut down a certain person or two. Who knows. It really gets obvious early on that Megan was murdered, no questions. But the answer, who has murdered her, isn’t clear until the end. At least that’s how it was for me.
So I’m pretty late to the hype. It was all over the internet and as I can remember all over the airports (in Edinburgh, London,…). So I had some expectations but I’ve stopped to read too much about it since I didn’t want to spoiler myself and accidentally reveal the killer. I really liked the writing style and how the story was parted into character chapters and within parted into morning and evening sections. So it stayed exciting to read what certain person has done during the day or during the night. It’s kind of like these paranormal activity movies…at one time the camera is set on one spot and when it switches to another – jumpscare! Or something like that, except in The Girl On The Train there aren’t scary scenes or jumpscares.
Sometimes I was really annoyed by the characters. Especially with Tom and Anna. Okay, Rachel was a little bit much obsessed with Tom – at the beginning, she got better – but damn. Be a little bit less hysterical, thank you. I was annoyed with Rachel as well because she wouldn’t let help in for her alcoholism problem. Not that she’s been an unpleasant characters, I really felt with her.
If you like this kind of story, with the style of slowly uncovering things, it’s your book. I gave it 5 out of 5 goodreads stars because I had not much to complain about and because I had a good time reading it.