Mary Cushnie-Mansour‘s review
Four Stars for Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train.”
At first, I was ready to put the book down and not finish it, but then it started to pick up its pace and I became absorbed in the plot.”The Girl on the Train” is told by three women, each having their own tragedies to deal with. The main character is Rachel. Rachel is divorced, and she blames herself for the failure of her marriage, despite the fact that her husband cheated on her, married the other woman, and moved her into the house she had once shared with him. To top off the insult, he had a child with this woman, something that Rachel hadn’t been able to give him, which was part of the reason she had started drinking heavily. Rachel has blackouts of time, as well. She has lost her job but doesn’t tell her flatmate. Each day, Rachel gets on the train and goes into the city, as though she is going to work. Each day the train passes by the house she had once shared with her husband and also the house of another couple, whom Rachel idolizes as the perfect couple.
However, one day, Rachel sees the woman of the perfect couple in the arms of another man, and she is devastated. This woman, Megan, is the second of the trio, and through her words, we get an insight into her life, which isn’t really as happy as what Rachel painted it in her mind.
The third woman is Anna, the woman who stole Rachel’s life.
Where the story gets intriguing is when Megan disappears. However, on the night Megan goes missing, Rachel is in the area, but she has a blackout of what happened to her because she was drunk. Rachel knows something horrible must have gone down because when she wakes in her room, she is covered in blood, but she has no memory of anything. When she hears of Megan’s disappearance, she decides to try and be helpful. In doing so, she herself becomes a suspect.
Saying too much more will give away the story, and I don’t want to do that to you. “The Girl on the Train” is an interesting read, and I am sure you will enjoy it once you get into it. It delves into the dark world of loneliness, abuse, control, alcoholism, etc. and is filled with the human emotions of cause and effect.