Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
The author very much wanted this book to be the next “Gone Girl”, and the way it’s rising on the bestsellers list it just might be. The problem is, I hated Gone Girl. I enjoyed the twists and turns, but I hated the ending and a horrible ending can ruin a whole book for me. I had the opposite with this book, I disliked the book up until the end. As with Gone Girl there is not a single likable character. It’s not even a love to hate them kind of deal. You just hate them. None of them have a single redeemable quality. Rachel is a blackout alcoholic who just when you think is getting it together does something stupid, she could so easily have been the heroine of this book. Pulling herself together for the good of not only herself, but those around her, but she always slips up. There is actual dialogue of her justifying having a drink while the other part of her is arguing that she’s been so good and she needs to hold it together for “(insert guy here)”. It’s like she has duel personalities, which I guess is not uncommon with alcoholics, the part that makes it unbelievable is she doesn’t go through all the other steps an alcoholic does, but maybe I’m wrong since I only know a few alcoholics. Most of the book is Rachel trying to justify every single one of her actions. She acts more like a 13 year old and than a 30 something adult. The book is also done from other points of views; “Jess” the mystery of the story and the woman Rachel watches from the train and Anna, her ex’s new wife. If you read this book make sure you pay attention to whose p.o.v. it is and the date otherwise it can get very confusing. If you like Gone Girl you’ll probably like this book. I didn’t hate it like I did Gone Girl, but I didn’t really like it either.