If there is one word I will use to describe this book, it would be twisty. You really have no idea how it will end. But I am getting way ahead of myself.
I bought this book at Barnes and Nobel after so many people kept talking about it. I do love a good book that gets people talking. And this one definitely did.
I had no idea what this book was about when I bought it. I just knew that people were talking about it, and I had to read it. I had to have it. So, I took my booty to the bookstore and bought it I did.
We open the story with Rachel. She is the girl on the train, going back and forth everyday. The train comes to a stop where she can see a lovely couple in a townhouse. The couple she dubs “Jess” and “Jason”. And she creates a life for them in her head and their “life” is perfect. Much unlike her own. You see, Rachel is an alcoholic who lost her own husband, is about to be evicted from her apartment and starts to harass her ex-husband and his new wife. Confused yet?
With her life in shambles, Rachel rides the train every day in to London to pretend that she is going to work. She hasn’t told her roommate about her job and continues to drink even though she realizes it’s ruining everything. She just can’t stop. And that made me mad at her when I read this book. I wanted her to realize what she was doing, but that is what addiction is. She couldn’t stop drinking, even though she wanted to.
We are also introduced to Megan. I was a little confused about what her role in the book would be, but it became very clear at the end of the book – hello twist. She is the wife to Scott and also doesn’t do much during her day. She ends up being “Jess” in Rachel’s fantasy.
Tom is Rachel’s ex-husband and Anna is his new wife. She got pregnant before they were married and they decided to live in the house that Tom and Rachel had purchased together. Yes, she is living in her husband and his ex-wife’s house. That was so strange to me. I couldn’t figure out why they would want to stay living in that house and how she allowed it.
One day, while Rachel is on the train, she sees something that completely changes the way she conducts her life. This event gives her life purpose and she is able to finally stop drinking as much as she used to. She still drinks, and relapses a few times, but it’s progress.
The twist at the end is something that completely came out of left field. Paula Hawkins flawlessly intertwines each character’s story beautifully to move the story along. This book is suspenseful and catches you off guard throughout.
I give this book 5/5 stars.