A gripping, wicked mystery novel! Paula Hawkins just nailed it! I won’t spoil it for people who pick this up after reading my review (lol), so it’s going to be a very quick one without many insights into the plot!
As the title suggests, there is this girl Rachel on the Train. She takes the same train daily, glances around the window at a signal and watches a couple! Nothing uncanny about it! But she invents their names, makes up a story in her mind about their lives and assumes things. They actually live on the same street she used to live with her ex-husband few years back.
Narration is shared by three females, one of them being Rachel, the girl on the train. The second one is Anna, Rachels’s ex-husband’s current wife and third one is Megan, whom Rachel watches from her train. Very few characters, but they talk about themselves and about each other, so you get to know about them quite a lot. Strangely, all weird stuff.
The characters are creepy, untrustworthy but that is what keeps the reader engrossed! Atleast it worked for me. Some people do not enjoy multiple narrations, but this one was more enjoyable due to three women narrating it! If you liked the twistiness of Gone Girl, this one is along the same lines!
Some creepy lines:
Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps
There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.
It’s possible to miss what you’ve never had, to mourn for it.
I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts. Who was it said that following your heart is a good thing? It is pure egotism, a selfishness to conquer all.