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the girl on the train


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


Guest Reviewed by Rachel

✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars’

‘But then I think, this happens sometimes, doesn’t it? People you have a history with, they won’t let you go, and as hard as you might try, you can’t disentangle yourself, can’t set yourself free. Maybe after a while you just stop trying.’

I don’t usually read Thrillers but after hearing lots of talk about this book I decided to jump in and see what all the fuss was about, I wasn’t expecting anything, but this story gave me everything. The story is narrated by three different women Rachel, Anna And Megan. I was hooked from the first chapter and found myself speed reading in an attempt to get to the finish as soon as I could. I needed answers. I needed to know why Rachel was so messed up.

 “When did you become so weak?”
“I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.”

The majority of the book was written in Rachel’s POV which at times was draining, her life is one big mess and she spends most of her time drunk. At times whilst reading Rachel’s chapters I actually felt as if I was her and I had to put the book aside on a few occasions to remind myself that I wasn’t her and I wasn’t inside this book.  This is an intense read, full of twists and turns. A book full of secrets waiting to be uncovered.  I thought half way through the story I knew where it was heading but I was so far from the truth, I didn’t see the end coming it was a shocker.

‘I am not the girl I used to be. I am no longer desirable; I’m off-putting in some way. It’s not just that I’ve put on weight, or that my face is puffy from the drinking and the lack of sleep; it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see it in my face, the way I hold myself, the way I move.’

This book was well written and took me on an uncomfortable ride. I felt strange for days after I had finished, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. This book could be the next big book to movie; it would be amazing to see this on the big screen.


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the girl on the train



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