Friday, July 17, 2015

The Girl On The Train - Book Review

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Three women. Two men. Affairs. Alcoholism. Spousal abuse. Matricide. Abortion. Abduction. Murder.

Two lust filled love triangles intersect in a quiet English suburb when one woman, Rachel, creates narratives about the houses she passes while riding the train every morning and afternoon. The alcoholic Rachel proves to be an unreliable narrator as she inserts herself, without an invitation, into the disappearance of one of the women, Megan, she sees every morning as her daily train rumbles towards work.

Rachel makes things more complicated because Megan lived just now down the street from Rachel's ex-husband and his new wife Anna. Rachel's help is unwanted by the police, by her ex-husband and by Megan's husband. Especially when all she can remember are images hidden in a drunken fog.

This novel is not as good as Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" but it does shine a light on the darker sides that only those who know us best get to see.

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