Rachel takes the same train every day. Aboard, her routine includes staring out of the window, and every day when the train stops at a particular signal, she looks for her favourite house. Rachel is troubled by her failures, and the house and couple living in it is the gateway for her once-perfect life.

Rachel feels, she knows them, she has even named them, and for her, the couple is an embodiment of everything she has lost. One day, she sees something which shatters her perfect image. She sees it for just a few seconds, but it changes everything. Inadvertently she becomes a part of their lives and is forced to face the demons that haunt her.

Rachel search for truth, and clarity leads her on a dangerous path. A path, which takes Rachel back to her past, and ultimately reveals the horrors that caused her downward spiral.


It took me forever to read this book and more so to write the review. Although Rachel is the central character, and you can’t help feeling sorry for her, the book, at certain times, makes you feel genuine pity for other characters as well. Each chapter either brings a wave of suspense, shock or epiphany. As Rachel progresses to unfold the truth, you begin to unfold each character, to see them for what they truly are.

The Girl on the Train is fast-paced, and with enough plot twists to keep you hooked. With unreliable narrators and gradual build-up to the chilling revelation, the story is brilliant and ingenious.

I enjoyed this book, and also watched the movie starring the beautiful and amazing Emily Blunt.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in mystery thrillers or anyone who wants a good suspenseful read.

My Rating: 4/5

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By Rakshitha Rai

A girl is a wordsmith. I am an oddball writer, compulsive reader, books, music & movie-loving ambivert human. I'm a self-proclaimed neat freak who enjoys organizing and travelling. An ardent foodie, I have a particular affinity for chocolates and chai.