The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: 2015
Source: Copy provided by publisher
The Short Version:
Rachel watches people from her daily train and when something she sees shocks her and later the news seems to indicate that what she saw might be important.
Why I Read It:
I heard about this one when a friend mentioned on Twitter that she pretty much read it straight through. I checked into it and it sounded right up my alley.
From the publisher:
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?
This was a suspenseful psychological thriller with a cast of unlikable people. I believe that it takes a skilled author to keep me interested in what will happen (or has happened) to characters when there’s no one I’m really rooting for in the mix.
I was fortunate to get a copy through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. Unfortunately before I started to read it the chat on social media ramped up and I inadvertently learned a few things I wish I hadn’t known before I started it.
For that reason I’m not going to say anything more about the story than what the publisher’s synopsis above has to say.
The story is told from multiple perspectives and I generally enjoy stories like that. I like getting different viewpoints of the same or overlapping events. Hawkins uses this method to gradually fill in pieces of the puzzle as the story progresses and takes many twists and turns.