Have you ever found yourself pictured the lives of strangers on the street, made up stories about them, and maybe even go so far as to invent their names and envisage their perfect lives from afar? If you need help deciding why on earth would someone do that, Rachel is the girl for you.
Rachel is that girl on the train who takes her mind off her own life by imagining the lives of others. Specifically the lives of “Jess and Jason” who live at the house outside her train window when the train stops at the same red signal every morning. But then one morning, things are not as they are supposed to be and Rachel sees something that completely shatters the “Jess and Jason” image which exists in her head.
Now she is pulled into their lives. Unsure exactly what she knows but certain she cannot rest until she finds out.
WOAH. This book practically drove me over the edge and beyond. Between an alcoholic, a liar and a cheat, who would you trust? These are the three narrators of this book, Rachel, Anna and Megan who tell their stories from different specks on the timeline.
Ever heard of the American folklore of how curiosity killed the cat? Let me show you how Hawkins has written a bestseller using the same manoeuvre.
Curiosity killed the Cat
I’ve read books with deception, foreshadowing, manipulation, foreboding and whatnot. Paula Hawkins has introduced an all-new strategy of keeping people on pins and needles while being terrifically miserly with the facts.
Confused? Let me dig a little deeper. The plot was actually mediocre and not many awe factors present in it. But to compensate Hawkins does her magic to keep us all on the edge of our chairs. Unreliable narration and excessive manipulation combined with an in-depth portrayal of each of the characters gloomy past. That did the trick. It made me go bonkers and it sure will do if you read it too.
Why should you pick it up RIGHT NOW?
In case you love thrillers, crime and spine-chilling books; this one is hand-made for you. But even if you’re new to this genre, the language is simple and emotions are plenty, so worry no more and enjoy the book! While the description of the plot is not too enthusing, I swear it isn’t how it looks like from the outside. If anything, it is absolutely not normal. In a nutshell: It.is.amazing.