This is going to be my first ever book review. I usually read, analyze the characters, the story, replay the whole thing and gradually push it to the back of my head. Yes, this time its going to be different. I’ve decided to do a review on the most recent book I read.
The Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is a psychological thriller. The story is told on a first person narrative from the point of view of 3 women: Rachel, Anna and Megan.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every day back and forth. On her way towards London, the train slows down to stop at a faulty signal on the line. Here, Rachel gets the perfect view of the number 15 house. Also, she used to live down the same street few blocks away in number 23, her old home.
The number 23 was were she used to live happily with Tom – her ex husband and suddenly things began to fall apart between them. Now, Tom lives in that same house with Anna, his new wife and their child, Evie. Unable to look at the house Rachel turns ways.
However, it has become a habit or an obsession to sneak glances of the couple at number 15. She feels as though she knows them well. To her they are a the perfect couple with a perfect life unlike the one she lost. She has even named them as “Jess and Jason” – a happily married couple. On an instance she remarks, “They’re what I lost, they’re everything I want to be.”
Then, Rachel sees something shocking and it pained her so much. It was only a moment and the train moves away from number 15. But it was more than enough. The stories of perfect life she had visualized and believed them to have, was blown away in heaps.
Later, she comes to know that Megan is missing (her Jess) and Scott, Megan’s husband (her Jason) becomes the prime suspect in the case. Unable to bear the thought of Scott (Jason) the loving husband harming his beloved wife. Rachel decides to tell the police what she witnessed the other day. But the police dismissed her as a rubbernecker since she is prone to blackouts and was a drunk.
So, Rachel makes up her mind to tell Scott about the incident in a motive to help whereby she becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of people involved.
The book was fascinating, gripping and compulsive though it was possible to guess the culprit miles away from actual disclosure. The ending could have been better, it kind of fell flat. Nevertheless, it was thrilling and creepy.
Lines from the book
- “There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”
- “But then I think, this happens sometimes, doesn’t it? People you have a history with, they won’t let you go, and as hard as you might try, you can’t disentangle yourself, can’t set yourself free. Maybe after a while you just stop trying.”
- “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.”
- “It’s impossible to resist the kindness of strangers. Someone who looks at you, who doesn’t know you, who tells you it’s OK, whatever you did, whatever you’ve done: you suffered, you hurt, you deserve forgiveness.”