Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train Audiobook
By reading Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train, I returned to a pleasure that had been neglected for too long: reading a book before seeing the film it inspired. Very happy to have made this choice, because I discovered an author skilful in the thriller genre and I plunged into a story that loses much of its value on the screen. To those who saw the film without reading the book and who understood everything, I tip my hat!
The action takes place in the suburbs of London or, rather, on the train transporting daily passengers from the suburbs to London where they work. The girl on the train is Rachel. Every day, she takes the train. Every day the train stops for a few minutes in a suburb to pick up passengers. Every day, Rachel scans the back of the houses along the railroad tracks. Every day, she invents the life of the locals whom she sees from the train. Every day. Until one of the residents disappears.
The book Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train is written in the form of a diary, but the diary of three women around whom the whole story is built: Megan, a woman whom Rachel observes from the train and Anna, the ex-husband’s spouse from Rachel. The structure of the book is quite confusing at first. The book provides us with scattered details, chronological data, and thoughts that have little connection together until events eventually bring these three women closer.
We get caught up in the game of voyeurism. Intrigued by the story and the characters, we quickly swallow the pages to know, know, understand, “zyeuter” the characters’ lives. You also feel like you’re on the train, looking forward to arriving at the station so you can observe what’s going on in the lives of these people and draw your own conclusions.
Rachel is a woman injured by her breakup. She drinks a lot (a lot, a lot!). To lose consciousness and no longer remember what she did the day before. She loses great bits of it which become like voids to fill and nourish her anxiety. She often even places herself in uncomfortable situations to provoke memory returns, to understand and to help, she says.
It’s a captivating and fast paced thriller where everything fits together with research and intelligence. Bravo to those who identify the culprit before the last hundred pages!