The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

So people seem to either love or hate this book. I love mysteries and psychological thrillers so I enjoyed this book. I disliked most of the characters. But I overall enjoyed the book. The main character is Rachel, the most pathetic woman ever who will annoy you with her poor choices and unreliable memory and blackouts. Rachel’s alcoholism seems to have destroyed her marriage, caused her to lose her job, etc but she still has not hit rock bottom. Instead of telling her flat mate that she lost her job, she pathetically rides the train everyday like she is going to work but drinks and looks out the window. She looks at her old house that her ex-husband and mistress-now-wife-and-mother-of-his-child lives and relives her past. She also looks at his neighbor’s house and images the perfect marriage and life this woman must have. One day, she sees this perfect woman passionately kissing a man that is not her husband. Rachel decides to warn this perfect woman that she is ruining her life and gets off the train to go to her house and confront her. Unfortunately Rachel wakes up the next day at her flat, covered in blood with angry messages from her ex-husband on her phone and remembering nothing. And the perfect woman is now missing and is all over the news. As Rachel tries to piece together what happened that night, she starts to insert herself more and more into this missing woman’s life and becomes a person of interest in the investigation. Did she kill someone or do something else horrible? Despite the main character, the plot twists and the mystery of who done it and what happened during all of Rachel’s blackouts kept me turning the pages and I honestly did not see the ending coming. Awesome mystery and plot. Horrible human beings as characters.

I gave this 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.


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