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My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Doubleday
Genre - Psychological Thriller
Publishing year - 2015
Language - English
ISBN - 978-0-857-52231-3
Pages - 316

The Girl on the Train

My Review - 

In the words of Dean Koontz, every life is complicated, every mind a kingdom of unmapped mysteries. This quote is proper for the characters of The Girl on the Train book written by Paula Hawkins. The plot twirls around three women Rachel, Megan, and Anna. They all have different lives, but one incident brings them together, the day when one of them goes missing. 

Rachel is a jobless, alcoholic, sadist person who wants to reconcile her relationship with Tom, her ex-husband. While Tom is married to Anna and has a beautiful daughter Evie. They both are worried because of Rachel's reckless and irresponsible behavior. Being an alcoholic, she blacked out a lot, and one day she saw something terrifying but unable to recall the next day. Trying to fill the blanks, she came in contact with Scott, Megan's husband. 

From here, she creates a web of lies that damage her image entirely; and puts her on the police radar and Anna's. Because of Tom's infidelity, Rachel hates Anna and her daughter. She lost her mind whenever she saw them together, living happily in their home. Then, one day, she sees something from the train and confronts the person who shatters her illusions. 

In the process, she got to know more about Megan that changed her life completely. Megan has a disturbing history that kept her awake at night. She is unable to talk about it with Scott and opt for alternatives. Everyone is trying to hide their secrets and in the name of helping make the situation worse, especially Rachel. She goes through a lot in the past without even releasing the natural causes. When it started to come back, it hit hard and altered everyone's lives. Although her drinking didn't benefit anyone, she is not deemed to be reliable. With the person missing, the police start questioning everyone, leading them to nowhere, to be honest. 

The characters like Tom and Scott are manipulative, abusive, and sometimes proved brutal. While the female characters are portrayed as weak, vulnerable, jealous, and helpless. They always looking for love, make sacrifices for family, or are jobless. Paula Hawkins's writing style is beautiful, and she holds the readers guessing about the culprit. I was sure I knew the answers in the middle of the book, but she proved me wrong by giving another mind-blowing twist. 

A train journey changed the course of six people's lives forever. The story is engaging; I didn't even tell you who goes missing because I don't want you to know without reading the book. Although the characters are dysfunctional and not likable, so there is a chance that some readers will not enjoy reading it. But their journey and how it's all connected gives another kind of lift, and I want you to feel it. So, if you haven't read this book, pick it up. I recommend it. 

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