Book Reviews / Food for Thought

Book Review: The Girl on the Train

I’m sure you’ve heard it: “fans of Gone Girl will love The Girl on the Train.”  Well, it’s true.  You’ll tear through it.  You, just like the narrator Rachel, will want to know what happened to the loving couple she watches every morning from her seat on the train.  She imagines what their lives must be like and even names them.  But suddenly “Jess” is missing and Rachel has the sneaking suspicion she can help solve the case.  You’ll be hooked.

But things are not always what they seem.  Rachel, you soon learn, is a raging alcoholic.  We’re not talking functioning alcoholic.  Rachel is the kind of drunk who blacks out every single night.  The kind who starts drinking at 8:30 am.  Honestly, she made me mad.  Can she be trusted or is she just a nut looking for a distraction from the reality of her divorce?  Rachel can’t help herself.  She can’t stop from drinking a gin and tonic on the morning, nor can she keep from looking into Jess’ disappearance as the police advise.  But just as Rachel may not be a reliable narrator, Jess’ life may not have been as perfect as it looked from the train.

5 out of 5 stars.

girl on the train

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