- Andi (the red headed guy)
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?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
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5 / 5 Stars
This book is intriguing a page-turner. I couldn’t put this book down I read it in 3 days, a record for me. I loved how this book was in 3 points of views (POV.)
The first point of view was from Rachel; a blackout drunk, ex-wife, that is still obsessed with her ex-husband Tom.
Ana the mistress that is now Tom’s new wife.
Then, Megan Ana’s and Tom’s next-door neighbor; and the woman Rachel watches while her train passes to go to work.
Rachel calls Megan, Jess, and her husband Jack (his real name is Scott.) Rachel watches this family and can’t help but admire their relationship while blacking out drunk and still harassing her late husband and new wife. Until one day the picture-perfect she created of Jess and Jack shatters. Jess is kissing another man, Rachel is furious.
Why is Jess trying to ruin her perfect life with her loving husband? Rachel decides to tell Scott (Jack) of what she’s seen, but before stopping to Jess and Jack’s house she pays a visit to her ex-husband’s home and leaves but from that day Megan (Jess) goes missing and Rachel can’t remember anything because she was blackout drunk. Who killed Megan?
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“Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train
“I am not the girl I used to be. I am no longer desirable, I’m off-putting in some way. It’s not just that I’ve put on weight, or that my face is puffy from the drinking and the lack of sleep; it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see it in my face, the way I hold myself, the way I move.”― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train
“It’s impossible to resist the kindness of strangers. Someone who looks at you, who doesn’t know you, who tells you it’s OK, whatever you did, whatever you’ve done: you suffered, you hurt, you deserve forgiveness.”― Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train