Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Format: Trade Paperback
Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.
Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.
Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan''s body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.
A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.
I made a last minute decision to participate in the Indigo Reads book club. I picked up The Girl on the Train a couple days before the scheduled Twitter chat with the book's author Paula Hawkins. I really could have gotten it the day before and still finished it in time because the book was THAT good. I started it after the kids went to bed and read it through the night. I paid for it in the morning as I went through the day half asleep, but it was worth it!
The book is written from the perspectives of three female characters: an alcoholic voyeur, her ex-husband's new wife and a girl who goes missing.
What made the story compelling was that I can relate to the premise. I take a commuter train to and from work and I find myself people watching just like Rachel, the girl on the train. The unexpected twists and turns really hook you into the story making you want to solve the mystery of the missing girl.
I recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a gripping story full of surprises. If you decide to read it, I recommend doing it on a day when you have nothing else to do because if you end up enjoying it as much as I did, all you'll want to do is keep reading.
The Girl on the Train has made its way onto my "Favourite Book" list. During the Twitter chat with Paula Hawkins she disclosed that she was working on "a dark and twisted tale about a relationship between two sisters". That line got me hooked, I can't wait to get my hands on it once it's ready.
Have you read the Girl on the Train? What did you think?