The Girl on the Train
Riverhead Hardcover, 2015
Source: My Own Bookshelf
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?
A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.
The reason I read this was because I had heard it described as “The Next Gone Girl.” In fact, I was so excited about a new psychological thriller that I decided I couldn’t wait for the hold to come in for me at the library. I had a gift card, so I went and bought it.
This is definitely not the next Gone Girl. It was worth the read, but the twist didn’t blow my mind. I was expecting something far grander. I didn’t love or hate the characters, they just were there. Unreliable narrators always make things interesting and keep you guessing, so that helped. However, I wasn’t very invested in the mystery - I was more interested in seeing Rachel clean herself up. I wanted her to get her life back on the right track. Speaking of tracks, the train element gave the story a unique feel and was interesting. It definitely created an environment for the story.
Although it was weaker than Gone Girl, I still enjoyed reading it. I’m glad I didn’t wait for it to come in at the library, but I’m also glad that I didn’t pay full price for it.