The Girl on the Train. Finished 6-3-16, rating 4/5, thriller. pub. 2015
Unabridged audio read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher. 11 hours
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? from Goodreads
I’m a little late on this one and that’s okay. There was so much hype it scared me away for a while. I’d seen the comparisons to Gone Girl and I had a love/hate relationship with that book. I do remember the end made me so mad that I wanted to throw it across the room (actually, that might have happened). So, I went into this one with dark, twisty expectations and it delivered. As with Gone Girl, the multiple points of view and the hot mess of unlikable characters, were somehow elevated by terrific storytelling.
I don’t even really want to say more. I think the less you know the better. I’ll just say that someone dies and there are quite a few people who could have done it. And Rachel, the first narrator, isn’t even the biggest hot mess of them all. Quite a story. It may make you feel like going to your happy place afterward since none of those people have seen a happy place in just about forever.
Perfect for thriller lovers who like dark, twisty novels.