To start off with, I rarely EVER read anything outside of YA, and Fantasy books. Awhile back I saw the trailer for film starring Emily Blunt, and knew I had to read this book! One of my good friends Anabel, surprised me with the book for my birthday and I started it immediately.
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is a dark, psychological thriller that follows a woman named Rachel who has 110 issues. If you think your life sucks, think again. Rachel has a dependency on alcohol which started a little before she became divorced. She doesn’t have a high opinion of herself either, which probably goes back to her divorce from Tom. Tom had an affair with a woman named Anna that resulted in a pregnancy, he then married her and moved her into the home he once shared with Rachel. (Crazy, right? Just wait.)
Rachel takes a train every morning to “work” where she passes her old home. As she sits on the train, through the window she observes the house a few doors down from her old home and watches this couple she’s named “Jason and Jess” and even has a little life story built around them. When “Jess” goes missing, Rachel makes her way into the very real life of Megan and Scott all the while battling her alcohol addiction, and her obsession with her ex-husband Tom.
The story is told through three different perspectives of Rachel, Anna, and Megan. Personally, I am not a fan of multiple perspectives, but it really worked for this book. You have the ex-wife, the current wife, and then the missing woman. And they’re all connected somehow. I just felt so bad for Rachel. To find out her husband was having an affair, and then he marries the mistress and moves her into THEIR home?! That made me so angry! But more on that later. Rachel’s dependency on alcohol has caused her to have blackouts, and she often forgets what’s happened. Just when you think she’ll stop and become sober, boom. Something happens and she starts once again, and then we don’t know what she’s forgotten.
Goodness I hated Anna. Every time her chapter came up I rolled my eyes. Who takes pleasure in being the mistress of a married man? She does. She has no sympathy and pretends like she’s sacrificed SO MUCH to build a life with Tom. I did NOT feel bad for her once.
We get snippets of Megan’s past, and what her deal was. I think she had so much potential but I guess life gets in the way and throws you off. She wasn’t a good person either, but she could have been. Victim of circumstances I guess.
Tom. No, man. Just no.
There is literally not one decent character in this book, which I loved! I really disliked every one! Even the roommate was irritating, and kind of an enabler. But it all fits really well, and works to create a twisty story that leaves you anxious, slightly confused, pissed off, and shocked. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN has been compared to Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL, and once you read it, you’ll see why the comparisons stand. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, you’ll definitely enjoy TGOTT. I gave it 4 Stars! I will be in theaters in October to see the film!