LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT
A lonely, depressed commuter takes comfort from imagining the idyllic life of a couple she passes on her train journey, until one day her harmless fantasy is shattered when something she sees reveals that all is not as perfect in their lives as it appeared. Shortly afterwards she realises what she witnessed may be vitally important in an urgent police investigation - but she has no idea of the danger she is about to bring upon herself...
The story is a first person narrative told from the point of view of Rachel, Anna and Megan.
Rachel is a wreck, Megan is charming and Anna is love struck blind. A large range of emotions are perfectly captured and illustrated. The writing is excellent and very cinematic. The greatest strengths are the plot and place. “The Girl on the Train” is a classic whodunit without a detective as protagonist.
This is exactly the kind of thriller I love. The writing is intelligent and perceptive, the characters well-drawn and convincingly flawed; having experienced depression myself, I found Rachel's struggles painfully accurate. The plot starts to unfold slowly at first, then gathers speed as the twists are revealed, causing our sympathies to shift back and forth - leading to an extremely tense denouement. Paula Hawkins shows tremendous skill in controlling the story's pace and keeping the reader unsure of who can be trusted until the conclusion, which is all the more remarkable when you consider it's her debut novel. She even saves a parting chill for the last page.