“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is a gripping tale of suspense, murder, obsessions and betrayal.  The intrigue and suspense in the book is reminiscent of Hitchcock’s film Rear Window.  Rachel is a drunk, obsessed with her ex-husband and his new wife.  On her daily train trips to London, she looks through the train window and into the homes of people as they pass by.  She makes up their names and stories about their lives, one home in particular.  One evening she notices something disturbing and out of character for the people whose lives she has concocted in her mind.

The unraveling of her story and the twists and turns of the characters’ involvements make you want to read, read, read until the very end.  I read this book in one day.   We look at the lives of three women, Rachel, Megan and Anna; and find how they are connected and the consequences of their actions.  You will be on the edge of your seat reading this book as you would be if you were watching Rear Window.

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