Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

The Girl on the Train
A Novel
by Paula Hawkins
Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Wow. Wow. Wow.

This book blew me away. I would say that it is my favourite this year, but as it is only the first week of the year... it hardly seems fair to such a phenomenal book.

It had me at "hello".

Each page draws you in further into the lives and psyches of three women and deeper into the connections between them.

In a twist on Rear Window, a chance glimpse of wrong-doing in what otherwise looked like the perfect household has Rachel hooked on figuring out what is going on. Unfortunately she has more than a few of her own problems and the mystery gets murkier. Each attempt to help putting her and those around her in jeopardy.

I loved every second. It travelled with me everywhere until I was done.

I also feel somewhat more psychologically healthy after living in these tormented minds.

From the Back Flap:

Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.

Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.
     Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan's body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.
     A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in London. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller. It is being published all over the world and has been optioned by Dreamworks.