I almost didn’t read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins because the reviews said it was a psychological thriller. I’m not a fan of mysteries or violence, but the need for a good book for a lengthy car trip made me reconsider. I’m glad I did.
The story is narrated by three women: Rachel, Megan and Anna. Rachel has lost her job, drinks too much, and is divorced from her ex-husband Tom. Rachel also rides the train every day, which unfortunately stops in front of her old home, where Tom is happily living with his new wife Anna and their newborn daughter. A few doors down lives Megan, who Anna notices and starts to fantasize about. Eventually Megan goes missing and the three women’s lives intersect in a variety of ways.
I have to admit that I found the beginning of the story rather confusing, probably because I was listening to the audio version. However I soon sorted it out and found it to be a really enjoyable listen. The plot has lots of twists and turns that I didn’t expect, none of which included any violence. I think this book would appeal to both men and women, and would be a great choice for anyone looking for a good novel.
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