After seeing my friends rave about The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins, I couldn’t take it anymore. I needed to get my hands on a copy. I added my name to my library’s hold list for digital copies of both the e-book and the audiobook. I was something like #1300 on the e-book hold list. Luckily the audiobook was not as popular, which I think worked out even better for me.
The Girl on the Train has the feel of Rear Window mixed with the dysfunctional relationships from Gone Girl. An alcoholic divorcee, Rachel takes the same train into London everyday. Each day, her train briefly holds near the same suburban home. Rachel takes comfort in the routine and watches the couple living in this home, naming them Jess and Jason. She romanticizes them, even makes up stories about their lives. One morning, Rachel sees Jess’s photo on the front page. Jess, who’s real name is Megan, is missing. Rachel intertwines herself into the case–even befriending Megan’s husband. Is she really helping or hurting the case?
The thriller is told from three different points of view: Rachel, Megan, and Anna (Rachel’s ex-husband’s new wife). The story alternates between these women’s experiences and observations which plenty of breadcrumbs from each for the reader to piece together what really happened to Megan.
If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend The Girl On the Train audiobook. Running at 11 hours, the book is read by three narrators Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher. Each woman’s voice is distinct and very different from the other, which makes it easier to keep track of the characters.
If you’re reading the print version, make sure you block off time to read. You won’t be able to put it down until you discover what happened. I definitely binge-listened (not a word, I know) to the last 2 hours of the audiobook! Thank goodness it was a weekend so I could listen while I cooked.
I don’t always read popular or best-seller type books because they are popular. The last book I read for that reason was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. I was so disappointed with The Goldfinch.
I’m glad to say that I wholeheartedly recommend The Girl On the Train audiobook. Get your hands on the audiobook if you can!