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The Girl On The Train

By Paula Hawkins


My Rating: Um Hell Yes! 



Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?



The book is told from point of view of Rachel, Anna, and Megan.  Rachel Watson being the main character, is a 30-something with a serious drinking problem who is completely messed up from her divorce from Tom.  Tom is now married to and has a baby with Anna, who was once his mistress. Tom and Anna live in the house Tom used to share with Rachel. Rachel is a mess, she has lost her job but continues to take the train daily to hide this fact from her roommate. Rachel is obsessed with a couple she sees every day on the train, they live in a house just down from Tom and Anna. Rachel has invented names and backstories for them and watch them each time the train passes.  The true identity of the woman she has been watching is Megan, Megan is also a mess.  We see the perfect life Rachel imagines Megan to have, but in her real life she has a series of lovers, a serious case of insomnia, is trying to seduce her therapist, babysits for Anna and Toms daughter and has a pretty dark past. 

Anna is tired of Rachel obsessing with her and Tom's marriage and is on alert because she feels Rachel has crossed the line into stalking. This comes to a boiling point when Rachel drunkenly picks up Anna and Toms baby and carries her out of the house (gasp!). 

Well one day on the train Rachel notices something is up with Megan and sees her kissing someone other than her husband.  How does Rachel cope? heavy drinking.  Rachel then wakes up hurt and covered in blood with no memory. Um holy crap.  Megan turns up missing and guess who is the suspect?  Rachel! Rachel gets obsessed with the case (noticing a pattern here?) and decides to tell the police about her obsessive watching and that she saw Megan kissing someone new. Things get really weird and Rachel even reaches out to Megan's husband Scott to learn more about the case and about Megan. 

A lot of stuff happens but in a nut shell Rachel decides to seek therapy from the doctor that Megan was seducing (the guy she was smooching that day) Dr. Abdic. She lies about who she is but is able to get some help in the process and backs off drinking a little at a time.  She still has relapses but things get a little more clear for her.  


So it turns out Megan's body was found and (gasp!) she was pregnant!  The baby wasn't her husbands or the therapist but it was Toms! Rachel starts to get her memory back and realizes she saw Megan get into Tom's car the last night Megan was alive. It starts to all come back to Rachel (and the crazy twists of the book) that Tom had been lying to Rachel about all the things she did while drunk.  He would make up stories that she had done terrible things to cover his tracks. He's the scumbag psychopath! 

Rachel goes to tell Anna to get the baby and get away from Tom but its all too late.  Tom admits to killing Megan because she was going to tell people about it being Tom's baby. Anna rushes off to protect the baby and Tom beats up Rachel.  Luckily Rachel is able to stab Tom in the neck with a corkscrew (yeah she did!) and at the last second Anna steps in to help make sure Tom really dies (oh yeahhhh).  The girls make sure their stories match up so that they will be let off for self defense.


My Thoughts

Oh how I loved this book!  So good, so fast paced and full of twists and turns.  I love that you can't be sure about Rachel's accounts because she is drunk. I love that I didn't see the Tom being a psychopath thing coming.  I can't wait to see the movie and hope it lives up to the book!