Published by Doubleday Canada on January 13th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Source: borrowed from the library
Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.
Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.
Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan's body is found, Rachel finds the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.
A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn,The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.
Have you ever ridden a train and thought about the lives behind those homes you see? This is what Rachel thinks of when she passes by a slew of homes every day. What she doesn’t realize is that she’ll be caught up in their lives and what happens might even put her life in danger.
Holy crap.. This is a thriller at its best.. From the first page I was gripped and couldn’t put it down. I literally read this in just a couple of hours.. The writing is just so easy and straightforward that you need to get to the very end to find out who it was. At first, it’s very easy to just figure out that the author is setting up the characters and the story but you’re never bored which I enjoyed so much. Once you realize something sinister is going on that’s when you realize you’re being taken on a ride to crazy town! I pretty much hated all the characters but for some reason, I still really enjoyed the book. It’s hard to like a book when all the characters aren’t redeemable in some way, and The Girl on the Train had it.
Rachel could probably be the only character who is he heroine, even though she has many many flaws. Eventually, I realized that I was on her side and I wanted everything to end up okay for her. Even though we never know how it will end until we finish the book. All the secondary characters are just as tasteless, selfish people.
Mistresses, cheaters, killers? Check, check and check! This is one psychological thriller that will have you spinning around and around until everything fits into a nice neat package.