Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This title is the newest addition to the psychological thriller genre made so popular by Gone Girl and Defending Jacob. It was published 1/13/15, and I am ordering more and more copies, trying to keep up with the demand!

Main character Rachel commutes back and forth to London on the train every day. As she gazes out the window, she concentrates her attention on the row of houses next to the tracks where she used to live. Her ex-husband Tom lives there now with his new wife and there is another young couple two doors down. As Rachel fantasizes about what goes on behind those closed doors the reader begins to realize that Rachel is a very unreliable narrator! Fired from her job because of her major drinking problem, Rachel continues taking the train in to London and out every day so she doesn't have to tell her roommate that she has lost another job due to drunkenness.

When a woman goes missing, the woman from the house two doors down from where Rachel used to live with Tom, Rachel is convinced that she has seen something important from the train window - and she wants to help with the investigation.

The Girl on the Train is skillfully plotted, the characters well drawn.

The author gives the reader small pieces of information, little clues, as the plot progresses and even the most astute thriller reader may be surprised by the dramatic plot twist at the end.

Author Paula Hawkins is a longtime London resident, who, like Rachel, spent a great deal of time commuting - by train.

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