Review: The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, is a Hitchcock type thriller. It combines human profiles with danger. The book takes the perspective of three women; Rachel, Anna, and Megan, whose lives intersect around men and two homes located along a rail line.

Rachel has become a divorced, unemployed alcoholic. She rides a train into and back from London everyday, pretending to go to work. Anna is married to Rachels ex and is frustrated by Rachels inability to leave her and her new family alone. Megan lives down the street from Anna.

Rachel’s train ride passes the two homes twice everyday. She sees things, and imagines others that entangled her in a murder investigation.

The presentation style is unique. A chapter will focus on one of the three women who will narrate. Each time they do so, they do so twice in a row, once in the morning and once in the evening. It allows each character to question their thoughts and judgements, as they work to solve their insecurities and fears.

Each of the women have secrets and flaws that drive their behavior. Each of them have a different perspective of men. And each of the men in their lives have their own motivations, fears, and anger that counter with the women.

A very enjoyable read. 4 stars.

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