Did you like Gone Girl? Before I go to Sleep? If you did, then I’m betting that you will like The Girl on the Train.
Rachel is the alcoholic ex-wife of Tom. Each day she travels on the train past her former marital home, which Tom now shares with his new wife, Anna, and baby daughter, and the home of their neighbours. The neighbours are unknown to Rachel, but as she passes by each day and observes their daily routines and behaviour, she constructs her own version of their lives. One morning, Rachel sees her neighbour, Megan, kissing another man and when Megan disappears, Rachel involves herself in trying to uncover what has happened to her.
The novel is told through the voices of Rachel, Anna and Megan and, as is to be expected from a thriller, things are not always as they seem. Rachel’s fractured memory due to her lack of sobriety keeps her in a state of constantly trying to work out how the events in her life, and what she has witnessed, have taken place. I won’t explain any further as I don’t want to risk revealing a spoiler!
The Girl on the Train is a quick, page-turning read. I whipped through it pretty quickly and I think it’s a perfect read for the holiday season.
Have you read this already? What did you think? Do you like a thriller?