Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

Bookworm Reviews

Also known as MRHavisham.

The Girl on the Train 

Themes: Alchoolisme, motherhood

Trigger warning: murders, abuse, death of a baby


“What does it feel like, Anna, to live in my house, surrounded by the furniture I bought, to sleep in the bed that I shared with him for years, to feed your child at the kitchen table he fucked me on?”


This story is about three women whose story is connecter deeper than you think. Rachel is an alcoholic, divorced, and is forced to look at her past every morning. Taking the train to go to work in New York, she sees her old house where now lives her ex-husband Tom and his former mistress Anna with their daughter. There is also another house that constantly draws Rachel's attention with what appears to be a perfect couple: Scott and Megan.

One day the latter disappears and Rachel decides to investigate on her own due to her personal and deep connection with this woman she envied...or is it because of something else?

The diverse points of view and the back-and forth between Rachel, Megan and Anna create an unbearable feeling of confusion, in a positive way: you can never be totally sure of anyone's intentions.

With a huge plot twist that puts things into perspective, your mind will be blown away by the table's turn. Women are at the center of this story and though some of their choices are questionable, we can't help but feel for them and enjoy the ride in their company.

On the surface, it's a tale of women, love, and alcoholism but if you dig just a bit deeper, you will find yourself with an account of motherhood and the ugly nature of abuse.

Rachel was perhaps my favorite as it's easy to root for her despite some of her bad decisions and once we get at the bottom of it, we only want her to survive and throw the truth in the annoying detective's face.

Anna hit close to home to me, as the selfish ''other woman'' who relish in the mess she created... but her love for her daughter does redeem her.

Megan was the one I definitely didn't want to leave at the end of the book. Her story was tragic and it seemed there was no way out for her anyway. Her incorporation to Anna and Rachel's lives was done cleverly.



BEWARE: Spoilers!

* I wish we would have seen more of the aftermath with Anna, after Tom's death. Now that she has to raise her daughter, their daughter actually alone, what will happen to her? And does Rachel and her kept in touch given their shared trauma?

* The only real aspect that I found unrealistic was that Rachel had enough money to take the train every day if she didn't have a job anymore even though she received an allowance from Tom.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5 corkscrews