Book Review: The Girl on the Train

BOOK Book Reviews 11514819042The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

Rachel Watkins’ life is a mess. She’s an alcoholic who recently lost her job, her husband left her for another woman, and she’s still obsessively in love with him despite the fact he’s already remarried and has a baby. She tells no one about her job, but keeps up appearances  by taking the same train each day to London to look for work.

As it passes by a house near her old neighborhood, Rachel pays special attention to a couple who she affectionately names “Jess and Jason.” Their lives together seem perfect – a loving couple enjoying marital bliss until one day Rachel witnesses something horrific that will turn everything upside down.

One day after work, Rachel turns on the TV and discovers that “Jess” is really Megan and she’s gone missing. Rachel thinks that what she witnessed that day on the train might help with the investigation, however the police come looking for her first – it seems that she might have been one of the last people to see Megan alive the night she disappeared. The only problem is, Rachel was so drunk she can’t remember anything about that night except that when she woke up the next morning, there was blood all over her hands and face.

As the events surrounding Megan’s disappearance unfold, the story is told from three different perspectives, each one just as unreliable as the next. A tense page turner, “The Girl on the Train” is a griping read about the harsh realities of deception, obsession, violence and alcoholism. The story instantly hooks you, reels you in and keeps you dangling until the very surprising end.

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