What if you forgot a murder? Or did you…
Do you ever wonder about the lives of others; random strangers whose faces you catch a glimpse of as you pass them on the street, on the highway, or from a train? Do you ascribe them characteristics based on the briefest possible first impressions; make up entire lives for them? Author Paula Hawkins has used this premise as the jumping off point for her first fiction novel “The girl on the train” (which has already been optioned for film).
Rachel, spurned in love, creates an entire fantasy life for a couple she watches from the train on her daily commute to London. Rachel’s interest in the couple deepens, not least of all because they live a few houses down from her ex-husband and his new wife and child. And then the woman goes missing. And Rachel is determined to get to the bottom of it… (Read more : warning spoilers)
This could have been a formulaic, run-of-the-mill psychological thriller, but it was much better than that, owing to Hawkins’ writing skill.
A great first novel, and a recommended read. 4 out of 5 stars.