the girl on the train by paula hawkins



409 pages

published 2016

synopsis via goodreads: 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. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.


And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. 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…

my thoughts: **spoliers ahead**

I gave it 5 stars because it was well thought out ( even though i had a cliche hunch that the babysitter fucking the dad) and i felt genuinely bad for Rachel. it vividly represents how people just simply turn blind eye to you if you are an inconvenience to them even if they are so called your best friend. that Rachels abuse was overlooked and not brought to any authorities or let alone her own attention (because trauma victims tend to black out horrifying memories) I loved how the “perfect couple” image is nothing but a facade and that no one is perfect as they seem from afar.


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