Alcoholics Not Anonymous: The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

Hi everyone, I know it’s been a long time since my last post, and boy, have things changed (WordPress formatting included). I just finished my first year of college and have finally gotten into the swing of things to the point where I’m satisfied and able to come back to my blog with a renewed sense of purpose.

This book was the first non-academic one that I’ve read in almost a year and I honestly feel that it wasn’t the phenomenal story the critics made it out to be. I appreciated the unique storyline and the immersive window into the characters’ minds, but the story felt erratic and unpredictable, at best.

It may be that I’m not in a position to fully understand the long-term impacts of alcoholism and marital affairs, but all of the characters in the novel seemed largely unhinged while the general public would potentially handle these issues with a bit more grace. All in all, a gripping read that may be better suited for an older audience.

“I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.”

– Paula Hawkins, The Girl on The Train

Rachel is deep down the spiral with no way out. She takes the train into London every morning and drinks the day away; omitting to tell her roommates that she was let go from her job weeks ago.

Tom is tired of his ex-wife, Rachel, calling him whilst drunk every day. Happily remarried with a newborn to take care of, he wants nothing to do with the life that he left behind.

Megan is happily married, but for some reason, that isn’t enough. She doesn’t quite know why, but a look from another man does more for her than intimacy with her own husband ever can.

While traveling on the 8:06 train into London, Rachel takes to watching the people who live in her old neighborhood from the train’s windows. Two in particular catch her eye; a seemingly perfect couple whom she calls “Jess” and “Jason”, as their real names are unknown to her. Their routines become incorporated into hers; seeing a snippet of their life every day gives Rachel hope that true love can exist in relationships. But when she sees “Jess” kissing another man, Rachel can’t believe her eyes. And when she wakes up the next day bruised and battered with no recollection of what happened and discovers that “Jess” has gone missing, there’s surely a story that must be uncovered.

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2 thoughts on “Alcoholics Not Anonymous: The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins

    1. Happy to hear that you’ll give it a try; I definitely recommend it as a one-time read and then if you like it, that’s a win too! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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