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…
Rachel is really struggling to come to terms with her situation, her emotions, her drinking and her ex and his new family, at times it was completely heart-wrenching and I really felt for her from the first chapter. It’s hardly surprising that she liked to people watch from the train and make up imaginary lives of those she saw; we probably all do it in some form every day.
Told in turn by 3 very different female not so likeable characters, predominantly Rachel in the present and Megan in the past with snippets of Anna; connections run between the 3 women, some of who don’t even know it which makes for good reading.
Rachel’s not your traditional narrator, she’s completely unreliable in what she can and cannot recall and she isn’t really a likeable character but I just felt sorry for her as she tries piece together the events of the night Megan went missing. The eventual recollections lead to some sweaty palm moments when she finally figures it all out and realises that she herself could be in danger!
Rachel is relatable though, I feel she does things that we’ve all done or know someone that has, the endless calls to the ex, the bitter conversations but at the same time is trying to make herself feel important and have some purpose which really is incredibly sad.
Overall, an absorbing and addictive book with an ending that I didn’t see coming and for me wasn’t predictable in the slightest.
Thanks to publishers for an ARC via Netgalley.
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