But Rachel Watson doesnt have a drinking problem, she has a drinking catastrophe. How is she to figure out whither the missing lady has gone, or perhaps who made her go missing, how is she to judge whether the ladys anger-management-challenged husband, the other man she saw at her place, or someone else might be somehow involved,. The tale is told in staggered chronology, from three perspectives. Rachels, the missing persons, and Annas, she being the woman with whom Rachels ex cheated while he was still with Rachel, and whom he subsequently married. Or she said, she said, and then she said. The timelines converge at the end. Most sections are divided into sub headings of morning, evening, afternoon, that sort.
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A few places away from her former home there is a couple she sees most days. She imagines lives for them, nursing this fantasy for quite some time, until she learns that the woman has vanished, and the game is afoot. The notion for the story occurred to hawkins on her regular train ride in London some years back. She calls it rear-Window-ish, noting that it is hardly unusual for train riders to be curious about the lives being lived in the houses they pass, and just as likely for those on the ground to wonder about those passing. I used to go to college on the district line, she said. It goes very, very slowly and you can look into peoples houses. I did idly wonder about what you would do if you saw an act of violence or something the suspicious. Its quite normal, everyone is curious about other peoples lives. from an article in the StandardThis irregular Watson will not make anyone forget the investigative doctor, let alone his illustrious partner, but Rachel feels compelled to find out whatever she can, using the knowledge she has gleaned from her daily observations. We expect our investigators these days to be a bit down on their luck, and to throw back maybe more heart than their share of amber liquid.
Although I believe it to be seriously flawed, it is most definitely entertaining and will no doubt help hundreds of thousands of readers while away a few hours of their (our) lives, getting from this station to that. But if you want a psychological thriller that doesnt disregard red signals you would do better to book a seat elsewhere. Paula hawkins, rachel Watson has had a tough go. When her business hopes of having a baby with hubby tom did not work out, she landed in a trough of post-hope depression, and self-medicated with a steady flow of what seemed happier spirits. It did not work out. Now, divorced and unemployed as a result of her drinking, growing larger and pastier by the day, rachel rides the commuter train to london on weekday mornings, pretending she is still working, pretending she still has a life. The ride takes her past her old neighborhood, offering a nice, mood dampening view of a stretch of railroad-edge homes. She used to live in one of those, before her ex bought out her interest.
Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. I read this one out of curiosity. Aware that it had been a huge market success, i wondered if it merited the sales. According to riverhead, The girl on the Train is, or was, the fastest-selling adult hardcover fiction debut ever. And that is a shame. With so many great books being published every year that do little or no business, for this one to have secured a first class ticket on the book-sales express can only be dispiriting to the good and great writers everywhere toiling away in third cla. With so many great books being published every year that do little or no business, for this one to have secured a first class ticket on the book-sales express can only be dispiriting to the good and great writers everywhere toiling away in third class. I do not mean to say that. The girl is a bad book.
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Tom blames Rachel for being so drunk that day and coming to their house because that upset Anna and she decided to not meet favourite with her friends. Tom says that Megan kept shouting and cursing and he had no choice but to kill her. He buried her in the forest and ran away. The reader sees this scene from Megan's point of view; she says she was just trying to be honest with everyone and take care of her baby. Tom now tries to kill or badly hurt Rachel. In self-defense, she kills him by putting the corkscrew in his throat.
Anna calls the ambulance and tells everything to the police, clearing Rachel's name. Rachel also sees her talking to tom before the ambulance arrives and twisting the corkscrew further into his throat. As the book ends, rachel decides to get away from that area for a while and reclaim her sobriety and her life. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. Unable to keep it to herself, rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say?
Then, he locks her in a room, where she sees a framed picture of Scott and Megan shattered. She thinks that Scott murdered Megan and goes straight to the police the next day. Eventually, rachel recovers her entire memory of Saturday night when she was in the underpass. She remembers Tom hitting her, causing her head injury, and taking Megan away in his car. Rachel decides that she must talk to Anna about this, despite their relationship.
Anna, in the meantime, finds a secret mobile phone and discovers that Tom is having an affair with someone, but she thinks it is Rachel. When Rachel tells her about Tom, she believes her. However, just as they are about to head to the police, tom arrives and locks them in the house. Rachel tells him about what she saw, and he at first denies it but then admits that he was having an affair with Megan. He says he was trying to end it; on Saturday night, she kept calling and threatening him. She said that if he didn't meet her somewhere she would come to his house and tell Anna everything.
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Rachel decides to go to the therapist, kamal, to see if he can recover her memory, and to try to find any information that will make him a suspect again. Kamal tells her that memories cannot be recovered; however, a person who has for lost a memory can often remember glimpses by going back to the scene where everything happened. The police release news that Megan is dead and, days later, that she was pregnant. Scott and Rachel continue to meet and even engage in sexual intercourse, which causes them both to feel confused and angry. Scott discovers that Rachel has been lying to him all this time - she wasn't a friend of Megan and she had never gone to her gallery. He also discovers that she has been going to kamal Abdic and doesn't believe her when she tells him that she was trying to help. Scott drags Rachel along the stairs and she starts to bleed.
He asks her if she mahatma can identify the man based on a picture and she says yes. When she sees a picture. Kamal Abdic, megan's therapist, she says he is the man she saw with Megan. Later, kamal is held as a suspect, but set free because of insufficient evidence. When they checked his house, there was no trace of Megan in Kamal's bedroom. Scott and Rachel still suspect Kamal though and believe he had a sexual motive. On the day megan went missing, rachel remembers that she was by where they live, but she doesn't remember what happened because she was heavily drunk. As time passes, she remembers tiny details like falling on the stairs and a red-haired man helping her out. She remembers being in the underpass near the train station and her head and hands bleeding.
went missing. From the address on the newspaper, she knows that Megan is Jess and recalls the moment she saw her kissing the man. Unable to keep it to herself, she tries to get in contact with Jason, or Scott, to tell him what she saw. She also goes to the police station and tells them about what she saw, but they end up refusing her evidence because she was drunk the night that Megan disappeared. Scott answers her email and ask her to call him. He asks her to meet him in person. When they meet, she tells him about what she saw.
Unable to keep it to herself, rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Rachel lives with her university friend, cathy, after she broke up with her husband and had no where to live. She has no job but hides it from Cathy. Every day, she takes the same morning and evening trains, observing the same suburban houses by the tracks. However, there is one house that she cannot wait to see each day. She names the people in it, jess and Jason. She loves this house because it reminds her of her past, perfect life, before she and Tom divorced.
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Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Shes even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then remote she sees something shocking. Its only a minute until the train moves on, but its enough.