Hey there friends. We’re here to discuss The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
What did y’all make of Rachel? An alcoholic who idealizes a couple she sees from her train ride? She sees them as having the perfect lives, the perfect marriage. And they live down the street from her ex-husband Tom, and his new family. What a coincidence. When Megan disappears, Rachel becomes obsessed with her case.
Here’s a few things I noted while reading.. Rachel obviously idealizes Megan, covets her marriage. And then her image of Megan is shattered while investigation her disappearance when she discovers Megan had an affair (How could she do that to Scott?!”) and also that Megan knew Tom’s family.
Investigated Megan’s disappearance becomes a serious hobby(? I don’t know if that’s the word..) for Rachel and even gives her reason to stop drinking! I think working on the case fills some void for Rachel— maybe the void of her marriage? Her newfound happiness depends on the case, but not necessarily solving the case. At one point she says she wants Meg found but not yet.
What about the assumptions made about Megan by the investigators, Tom, Scott, etc while she’s helping with the case? Is she manipulative? Can she trust her own memory? Can anyone trust anyone? What do you make of her strange relationships with Scott and Tom?
What the hell is this book!? Did you like it? Hate it?
I’ll be around off and on until around 8:00 when littleraptor goes to bed, but I wanted to get the ball rolling before it got too late. Have fun!