The book I am going to talk today will be one of my favourites of last year and also a best-seller: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
The Girl on the Train will follow Rachel’s story, a divorced alcoholic woman that every day takes the same train to London. During the route, the train stops at a traffic light in a residential neighbourhood. Rachel fantasy about the life of a couple she watches daily by the train window.
One day Rachel sees something that gets her in shock. A few days later she discovers that the young woman she used to watch is missing. Rachel thinks what she saw through the window may have some connection with the disappearance and she seeks the police. Since then she finds herself involved in the investigations.
The story is narrated by three female problematic characters. At first, you don’t understand how they’re connected, but as you read, the pieces will fall into place. The characters are human and almost anti-heroes. They all have problems and defects that we discover throughout the book.
The author tries and succeeds in showing us how hard is to cope with alcoholism and depression, even more being alone, although some parts were a little bit too much. Paula Hawkins uses a very interesting narrative with passages in the present and past. For me, The Girl on the Train is very well thought out and built a psychological thriller.