Published by Riverhead Books on January 13, 2015
An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.
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...
I’m super excited to have finally finished this book. I had heard about the hype surrounding this book for a year. As you know I haven’t really had time to read for a while and when I decided to get back to reading I joined the Paper&Glam book club. This was the Paper & Glam March read. I didn’t finish the book in time for the book club chat, but I think the more important part is that I actually finished.
I didn’t love the book mostly because I continuously felt frustrated by the main character, Rachel’s plight. I just wanted her to get it together and figure out the answer long before she actually figures it out. Once Rachel does finally get her life somewhat together and figures out the answer the book moves quite quickly. I always find it somewhat confusing when the book is written in more than one character voice since you constantly have to keep track of who is talking. It was interesting to see all the characters tie together though.
The movie comes out next month and I will definitely be going to see it and see how it compares to the book. I’ll let you know my thoughts in a later post.
I hope to see you soon in another post!