Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.
Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.
Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
In general I love this book. The idea is fantastic, simple but relate able.
The layout of the Book is a great idea, set in a diary form mainly from Rachel’s point of view, however there are exerts from Megan’s view (Jess) and Anna (Rachel’s ex husbands new wife). Some people have found this boring as Rachel’s entries are set “Morning” “afternoon”, however I like this idea because it’s meant to be a diary she travels to “work” in the morning and it’s her travels home- which is the whole point of this book. I felt instantly drawn in to what she would see outside of the train, and I liked how Rachel was actually quite nosy when it came to looking at other peoples houses while on her travels.
There is a link however to why she looks at Jess and Jason’s house in particular, because it is only a couple houses away from her old home with her ex husband.
Rachel is an alcoholic living in a small spare room at her friends house since separating from her husband 2 years ago, she has no job, but her room mate doesn’t know that. She always wanted children, her husband felt they were good as they were but they tried. Rachel was unable to conceive even with IVF. Struggling with the idea of not having children, and being surrounded by them she gradually fell into a downward spiral, effecting her relationship with her now ex husband. Leading to the comfort of alcohol.
Where as Megan, doesn’t want children her husband does. She no longer has her gallery, struggling from the loss of her brother. Instead she is a house wife which is not exciting for Megan. Megan/Jess has a lot of issues, however to everyone else it appears Megan has the perfect life, perfect husband and home.
I liked how Rachel was envious of the life Megan/Jess leads, the perfect house, perfect husband, and Jess/Megan looked gorgeous. However no one really knows what happens behind closed doors, and Megan/Jess is a good example of this, her life is not perfect, she has her own daily battles, but keeps herself to herself. If these ladies went back in time and swapped husbands I think they would have had a some what perfect life…..
Megan seems to have a perfect life to Rachel until Megan/Jess goes missing, did these ladies really have a perfect life?? Or is there secrets to be told…..
This book was addictive, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the well planned ending, plot twist, it was well thought out. I am so excited to watch the film to see if it matches up. I would definitely recommend this book to you all to read before watching the film. I am really interested in reading what else Paula Hawkins has to offer.
Ahh it’s fantastic, so glad I listened to everyone about reading it.