Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.
And then she sees something shocking, and in one moment everything changes. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
The main character of this book was Rachel and most of the time I found that despite her (very obvious) flaws I actually liked her. I could sympathise with her and I was really rooting for her at the end of the book. Although I’ve never had similar problems to Rachel, her story was believable and I found it hard to blame her for her situation. I did wish that she had developed more over the story, as she often just seemed to blame others for her problems, rather than taking action and didn’t really do anything meaningful until the last few pages.
Another of my favourite characters was Megan – for the most part I felt sorry for her and the tragedies she had in her past, although present-day Megan was a bit more difficult to empathise with – I find it hard to empathise with people who play with other people’s partners, so after a while I did start to feel a bit fed up with her. Although I much preferred Rachel to Megan, I did enjoy reading her parts of the book the most, as it was often the parts where you found a new answer.
The book is also told through the viewpoint of Anna, who I really didn’t like – I found her a bit pathetic without any real action – she blamed Rachel for all her problems, but it is hard to be on the side of the mistress.
Although I liked this book, I didn’t really understand the hype it received back in 2015. It was an interesting read, but thrillers aren’t really my favourite genre.
I found the plot a bit predictable (particularly the ending), although the way it played out was quite original. I did wish that characters had more of a meaningful relationship with each other, as that’s something I tend to read. I did find it easy to read the book though, and the time jumps were easy to understand. I think if I had seen the film before I read the book it might have been more confused though.
My Goodreads Rating:
4/5. Despite not being a particular fan of thrillers, I would recommend this book. I really liked the way that information was fed to the reader throughout the book, making you feel like you couldn’t trust anything you were reading.