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Reviews of Girl on the Train, the (2015)

Review by michael a draper (2015-04-21)
Rachel Watson is a creature of habit, taking the Ashbury-Euston train toward London daily. She doesn't have much of a life of her own so watches other people and imagines what they must be like and what they might be doing.

The story is told in three voices, Rachel, Anna and Megan. It also moves back and forth through time periods.

As Rachel is the central character, we view much of the action through her eyes. She is an alcoholic and obsessive about her former husband, Tom and Tom's wife Anna and their child. She calls them constantly, even late at night and then hangs up the phone.

Tom had an affair with Anna when still married to Rachel, then divorced Rachel and became the father to Evie.

Even though Rachel has lost her job, she still rides the train daily and while doing so, watches the lives of others and wonders what they might be doing. One couple she watches lives a few doors down the street from Tom and Anna.

When a character goes missing, Rachel becomes involved in the investigation. Jess is one of the characters who Rachel watches and is really Megan.

There have been many comparisons of this book to "Gone Girl." Stephen King has purchased the rights for Dreamworld.

I felt that the book was confusing, being narrated by three people. I also didn't find any of the characters likable or characters that I wanted to learn more about. Rachel, in particular, with her blackouts, her alcoholism and her decision making was very unlikable and hard for me to believe.

(This review refers to the 2015 version titled “The Girl on the Train”)




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