A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.
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 Girl on the Train was our book club pick for April. We all enjoyed both the Gone Girl book and movie, so we were excited to take on a book that was compared to Gone Girl and was hyped as a "Hitchcockian" thriller.
- The book was so unique. I enjoyed the writing style, it really gave you the whole picture without going back and forth too distinctly. The POV were each from different time periods, so it helped give structure instead of that jumpy feeling a lot of books that go back and forth portray.
- Rachel has to be one of the most complex characters I have ever read. I haven't ever been around someone who is an alcoholic, so it was interesting to be in the mind of someone with the disease. I know that I do not love being drunk or hungover, so it was so hard for me to imagine choosing to feel like that all the time.
- I totally think that I could relate to Rachel making up stories about the people in the houses she passes everyday. I think that imagination is easily reliable for those who love to write and I could see myself doing the same thing to kill time on that long train ride everyday. I could also see myself getting caught up in the story and wanting to help when something goes wrong. I know it seems crazy, but hey, I do have an overactive imagination.
- I cannot imagine what it would be like to be in Anna's shoes. First, she is the other woman. She is sleeping with a married man and in love with him. And then, they get married and she moves into his home that his now ex-wife vacated. She is living in the shadow of the marriage she helped destroy. It wasn't just the cheating, but so much more complexity. The writing really gave you insight into how it felt like to be on both sides of the situation.
- Our main character - the girl who gives us the mystery in the story, only dances around in the shadows. It is so interesting to see how she weaved in and out of the lives of our characters, without ever really being the complete story.
- There were a few times that I really struggled with the story. At the beginning, I was just constantly waiting for something to happen. Then I wanted answers. At times I almost felt like putting the book down, but I kept going because I needed to know who the killer was.
- I tend to actually love hyped books, but this one I was so excited for and I think that it did not live up to my excitement. I wanted that same emotion that I got from Gone Girl and didn't really feel anything. I felt the characters in Gone Girl were a lot more "hateable." I didn't really connect with any of the characters.