The Girl on the Train- Extremely Intriguing and Exciting

By on Mar 27, 2016 in Book Review | 0 comments

The Girl on the Train is a dismal, haunting and dark psychological thriller, but extremely fascinating, all thanks to the creative writing skill of Paula Hawkins, the author of the novel. Rachel is a divorced woman whose whole live is consumed by her drinking habit and like various other people with the love of the bottle, one may even consider her a victim of circumstances. Her ex-husband Tom had an affair with another woman which made her pregnant. He then left Rachel and married the ‘other woman’ and now lives with the woman and their child in the home which was once Rachel’s.

Rachel rides to London every day in a train which takes per past her old neighborhood. From the train window, she daily observes her old home and also the activities of another couple who resides down the street from her earlier home. She has given names to the couple in her imagination and even created a picture perfect love story for them. But on the contrary, in real life, the couple does not have the fairy tale love story which Rachel has imagined. Then suddenly a murder happens, and Rachel becomes tangled in the investigation.

This story is told from the viewpoint of three different women, namely, Megan, Anne and Rachel. All the women are not reliable narrators and are hiding something. In reality, almost all the characters in the novel, including the men are an apathetic group, self-serving and lack genuineness with various skeletons in their closets. To conclude let us just say that the different twists and turns in the story definitely intrigue you, and you will surely be drawn to it. In fact, you can easily devour The Girl on the Train in a day!

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