The Girl On The Train is a well-written psychological thriller and a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
Rachel is an alcoholic who has lost everything. She rides past her old neighborhood and stares from the train window at her home where she once lived. Rachel’s replacement lives there now along with Rachel’s ex-husband, Tom. Rachel starts to live a fantasy life, through what she considers to be the perfect couple, Megan, and Scott until Megan is declared missing. Rachel becomes obsessed with helping Scott, she desperately wants to do something positive in her community where she thinks she can make a difference. But do so, Rachel finds herself rolling lies off her tongue as easily as if they were truths.
The long narratives with little dialogue in this book slowed the pace of the story down unnecessarily. The author, however, does an extraordinary job, describing the alcoholic’s fogginess, lies, embarrassing calls, emails, blackouts and self-loathing behavior that I pressed on. And I’m glad I did! The book has several subplots that come together nicely in the end.
People aren’t always who they appear to be. Some wear masks and live secret lives with hidden agendas. This book is a perfect example of such people. The Girl On The Train is a well-written book, worthy of your time. I highly recommend reading this incredible psychological thriller.
~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover