by Paula Hawkins
I read this book just a matter of weeks before the film was released, and at the time of writing I had not yet seen it, so can’t comment on any similarities or differences between them. What I can say is that I can understand why it was transferred to film.
The story is told through the eyes of the three women at the centre of the action. Each tells their own story in the form a diary, but not all running synchronously.
The first we meet is Rachael, on her morning commute into London. She catches the same train every day and knows the stops and houses on the route very well. She begins to invent stories about the people she sees, in particular the young couple whose house she invariable stops beside as the train waits for signals to change. Little does she know that very soon she is going to be more intimately involved in the life of Megan and Tom than she could ever have anticipated.
Next up is Megan, whose story begins a year before Rachael’s. As her tale creeps closer to the present we discover that pretty young Megan has a dark secret that threatens not just her relationship, but her life.
The third side of this intriguing triangle is Anna. Now married to Rachael’s ex-husband, Anna struggles to keep her new husband on the path she has set out for him.
As their separate stories weave in and out of each other, each must face their own demons, be that drink, sex or a past they cannot hide forever. Each character has something to hide, something that threatens everything they have built, and it is the unraveling of these secrets that makes the book so utterly compelling.
From the very beginning this book grips the reader and keeps you guessing right to the very end. Just when you think you know the truth, Hawkins pulls the rug out from under your feet! The Girl on the Train is full of imaginative twists and turns, whilst keeping the integrity of the characters and the overall plot. Well written and utterly compelling, The Girl on the Train is a book that is well deserving of its position on the bestseller lists.