My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This novel was thrilling and engrossing and creepy. This took the idea of the unreliable narrator to the next level.
As I’m sure everyone is aware of the plot, I’m not going to go into detail. There’s a woman that catches the same train every day, who imagines the lives of the people in the houses she passes. One day, a woman she watches goes missing, and the girl on the train becomes involved in the following investigation more deeply than she could ever imagine.
The story is told from the perspectives of three women, and two time periods. As the novel progresses, their lives become more intertwined and the true similarities between them are uncovered. Each woman is, honestly, pretty messed up in her own right. Each one is less dependable than the last in terms of providing an honest account. And therein lies the challenge.
Hawkins crafted a plot filled with so many twists and turns. Very unpredictable, and yet the final twist was perhaps not as surprising as it could be. I did very much enjoy this novel. I didn’t like a single character much at all – but, I think it was wonderfully paced, and thrilling. An interesting character study as well. It left me questioning everyone and thinking about it, even when I wasn’t reading.
*I didn’t really want to review this, but it’s the only book I completed all month – oops!*