Author: Paula Hawkins
The Plot:The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller novel by British author Paula Hawkins. The novel debuted at number one on the The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list dated February 1.
My Take: Rachel, the woman whom you all would hate takes the morning train every day to work. But is she going to work at all? Her happy thoughts are confusing and yet we see her obsession with her husband kind of adorable. Only her husband is no longer in her life. He is now the EX. But she doesn’t gives up loving him or cherishing the moments spent with him. She is clearly depressed about her life and her lack of love life only goes on to prove that she is not comfortable being sane at the moment.
“Life is not a paragraph and death is no parenthesis”- Rachel’s thoughts depicts her state of mind where she tries to put up a mask of being busy with her life. Cathy, her roommate and only so-called friend knows about her drinking problem. She tries her best to monitor her and tell her not to but Rachel’s addiction causes a strain in their relationship too. But what’s the thing about train? Well, it’s all about how strong an imagination Rachel has got and boy, she has some. She goes through the same colony she used to live with Tom and keeps staring at the couple who lives just adjacent to her (previous) house. She even makes up names for them and visualises how perfect their love life is. Only one day she sees the woman with another man, a man she thinks she recognises.
She even goes to her husband’s house to sneak a peak, only feeling out of place when she sees how perfect their life is now. How she never had that baby and had turned violent in their relationship. That made Tom break up and she still regrets it, never really recalling any incidences.
Then the perfect couple’s world becomes a newspaper article where Megan goes missing. And her dead body if found much later.
Everything comes to a stand still. She wants to find out what happened to the perfect couple and she reaches the police station, to help.
The story picks up from here and I am so glad! The mystery is there, the questions linger and you will have an interesting take where an alcohol addicted protagonist wants to solve the case only to put her life in danger.
The story is said in several point of view, hence you will never be bored or left with blanks. It will show you how every woman is fighting for a place, for acceptance, even if it’s looking at the wrong place.
What to look for?
The interesting plot thickens when her neighbour is murdered.
What’s dull in the book?
Rachel’s addiction becomes her greatest enemy and that makes her a little unbelievable. But maybe that’s why it’s so readable and relatable.
This book has been compared to ‘Gone Girl’ and I find it unfair for the writer’s reputation. Every novel is different and this one truly is.