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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 13, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QXTYDNC
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The Girl on the Train: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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The train that Rachel rides to London each day takes her past her old neighborhood. From the window of the train she observes not only her old garden that backs up to the tracks, but also the daily activities of another couple who reside down the street from her previous home. In her imagination she has given the couple names and has created a fairy tale love life for them. Real life, however, cannot live up to her fantasy and the couple does not have the picture perfect relationship that Rachel has concocted. When a murder occurs, Rachel becomes entangled in the investigation because of what she has witnessed on her daily commute.
This rather bleak story with intersecting timelines is told from the viewpoint of three different women Rachel, Anne and Megan. All the women are unreliable narrators with something to hide. In fact, most of the characters in this novel, including the men, lack veracity, and are a self-serving and unsympathetic group with plenty of skeletons in their closets.
Lest I continue and divulge too much of the plot, let me just say that the twists and turns in the story are many and readers will be easily drawn in, making it easy to devour this book in one afternoon.
Rachel, the "Girl on the Train," who imagines the lives of a couple whose house she passes every day, is a drunk. Daily, her train also passes the house she used to call home, now inhabited by her ex-husband and the woman he left Rachel for. Twice daily on her commute, Rachel alternately mourns for the life she lost (and curses the women who supplanted her) and imagines the perfect couple down the street from her old home whom she views from her commuter's window but doesn't know. Maybe due to her reliance on being drunk to cope with a life that has severely disappointed her, Rachel often is hesitant to act when contemplating a decision. This does make some of the chapters repetitious at times, but the author's strong sense of place and use of description largely mitigates this criticism.
Comparison's to Rear Window are obvious. As with the Hitchcock masterpiece, Rachel gets involved when she witnesses an incident from her train that is out of sync with the imagined life of the couple she views every day - the couple about whom she has constructed a vivid, if alcohol fueled, perfect life. There are a lot of plot twists, though this is the kind of book where most of them are revealed by the three protagonists and not pieced together from a well laid foundation of clues.
A good book, quick read and pretty good freshman effort from this author.
The main character struggles with alcoholism. Because of it, she lost her husband, her job, and can barely eke out a living. She makes one bad decision after another. But this reader kept cheering for her redemption and for her memory to return, which would help solve the mystery. Sobriety is a goal not easily achieved.
A big twist comes near the end, providing plenty of payback for the bad guys and lots of satisfaction for the readers who love it when karma strikes.
Plot dragged on and ending was very unsubstantial - definitely not worth the "Gone Girl" comparisons.