I started reading The Girl On The Train back in June after my sister became obsessed with it. I love reading, stick a best seller sticker on the front and I am all over it (I unfortunately once made this mistake with 50 shades of grey when it first came out).
The narrative is split between three females; you are quickly made aware that their lives are all entwined with one and others, Rachel, Megan and Anna. The focus is on Rachel as the lead female, a depressed alcoholic who commutes to London and back every day, day dreaming of the couple whose house she passes on the train. It is made apparent when she looks away at number 23 that in fact that is the street she used to live on with her ex-husband Tom, who is now still living in that house with his new wife Anna.
Rachel becomes obsessed with the couple at number 15 who she has named Jess and Jason. She looks out for them every day, picturing what they do and where they will be going that day. Rachel day dreams about this perfect couple until one day whilst on the train she sees something. Jess who is really called Megan then disappears leaving Jason (who is really called Scott) as the prime suspect.
When Rachel realises Megan is missing she thinks she holds the key, having seen her in the garden kissing another man the day before. However her excessive drinking and blackouts as well as behaviour towards Tom and Anna, leave the police not taking Rachel seriously and treating her as a nuisance. After several bad decisions Rachel manages to entwine her way into the investigation and the lives of the couple involved. As the story develops the Jess (Megan) that Rachel day dreamed of becomes nothing like the women she had painted a picture of. Anna also loses her cute charm of doting mother and house wife and develops more into someone who is actually quite vindictive, manipulative and self-centred and it’s frustrating that Tom can’t see through this.
Hawkins manages to time each chapter to pure perfection leaving you hanging on each woman’s last word. Rachel, the main character is not easy to build empathy with to start with, I often found her frustrating and self-destructive but with the genius twist towards the end you end up questioning everyone.
I found this book very easy to read, the chapters where gripping and the characters were not transparent. The pros are definitely the story, the narrative and the fact that Hawkins has set it as an amnesia thriller and not just another detective crime solver. However I did personally feel the person responsible for Megan’s disappearance was given away too early on in the book, some parts in the story I felt could be misleading but still I would highly recommend this book to male or female audience who wants a good engaging easy read.
I was excited to hear that this book is going to be adapted for film but I did not picture Emily Blunt as the main character, anyone else picture someone completely different?