Author: Paula Hawkins
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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?
My Thoughts About the Book:
Much like Gone Girl , I couldn't sympathize with a single character because they were all awful, but unlike Gone Girl I felt this story told the harrowing tale more efficiently and with more depth.
Rachel is a messy drunk who happens to see something while riding the train everyday that makes her think twice when a woman's whose house she passes everyday ends up missing. The only problem is who will believe a drunk?
What I enjoyed about the story was the different perspectives of the story and how for most of the time we are seeing everything from the blurry view of Rachel. But we switch up to a POV of the missing woman, and Rachel's Ex's new wife. Three women telling the story about lives that are far from perfect and terrible secrets in a relatively sleepy neighborhood.
Despite my lack of love for any of the characters, including those you'd normally feel sympathy for, I enjoyed the movement of the story, the revelations and the mysteries which kept me interested throughout the entire story.