The Girl on The Train - Worth the hype?

I chose The Girl on The Train as my first review for two reasons: everyone was talking about it and many named it the book of 2015, but also because this is not a genre I usually go for. I`m always shifting between classics and YA, but this year I want to read more mature contemporary books. I got this book as a gift from a friend when I was back home and I was so hooked on the story, I finished it in 3 days.

The story is told from the point of view of three women: Rachel, Megan and Anna, whose lives interlink dramatically. We first meet Rachel, the main protagonist and narrator, on the train back home and while she may seem like your typical commuter, she`s an alcoholic that lost everything. The train passes by her previous house she shared with ex-husband Tom, but because that`s too painful to watch, she focuses on a house close to it. She becomes obsessed with the young couple that lives in this house, Jason and Jess as she calls them, a pair that represents everything she lost with Tom.

One day Rachel is puzzled to see Jess kissing another man, not only because the idea of her perfect couple is shattered, but because she was also cheated and then left for the mistress. She gets so drunk that she can`t remember what happened and soon afterward is shocked to discover that Jess, actually named Megan, is missing. She tries to tell the police what she knows, but her credibility is affected due to the fact that she`s a drunk with blackouts. When they find Megan`s body her husband becomes the prime suspect, but as they say, everyone is still fair game and could be the killer. I won`t go into more details because I think that some twists are best revealed while reading, but the ending does not disappoint and gives you closure.

Everyone is so despicable in this book and I think that`s why I liked it so much! You have Rachel, an alcoholic that drinks alone in the park and harasses her ex-husband over the phone. She is bitter, completely let herself go and can`t find a purpose in life. You have Megan, another bitter and bored housewife, that`s completely unhappy with her life and tries to find excitement elsewhere. And you have Anna, a mean woman taking pride in the fact that she won Tom from his former wife. I did not like any of them, but I did feel some sympathy towards Rachel because alcoholism is a disease in my opinion and without anyone`s will, it`s hard to overcome.

Like I said earlier, I really enjoyed the book. It`s not the best writing, but I liked the fact that there was a constant change between the narrators and the time of the action. Also, it was a true and sad portrayal of alcoholism and the author did not hold back. The scenes where Rachel passes out, pukes on the stairs or has her clothes soaked in pee are disturbing but honest. Some twists in the plot were obvious even for me, so I guess that for people that like crime novels they were easy, but I think that the characters make this story good. It`s a psychological thriller where everything is not as it seems, proving that what might seem perfect from the outside, it`s rotten inside.


  1. i really need to read this as I see so many people on the way to work losing themselves in the book!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. You should read it!Although some parts of the plot are predictable, the ending is really good in my opinion!

  2. Totally agree with everything you said about this book. Even though I am not really into thriller books, I really enjoyed reading it.

    Ela BellaWorld

    1. So good indeed. I`m not into thriller books either, but I`ll probably read Gone Girl and Elizabeth is Missing next.