For the past two years, Rachel has been living with an old friend from college, she moved in after her husband had an affair and they divorced. One thing that led to the affair? Rachel’s drinking, which she is still struggling with today. Drinking led to a divorce and even to her losing her job, embarrassed and not wanting to tell her flat mate, she continues on, leaving each day as she would for work.
Every day, Rachel does the same thing, she rides the same train each morning and each afternoon, sitting in the same car each time. At one point on her journey, the train stops and she can see into one couples house- a couple she does not know but feels as if she knows them. She even made up names and occupations for them. She sees them as a perfect and loving couple, so she is shocked when she sees the women kissing another man one morning. This is the last time that she sees her.
When Rachel realizes that Megan, the missing women in the news, is the women that she watches from the train, Rachel knows that she needs to tell the police what she knows. The police however see her as an unreliable witness. Rachel is drawn into the mystery, she was in the area the night that Megan disappeared, however due to a black out, does not remember much. Rachel wants to know what happened that night, she was in the area, that much she knows, but what happened during the time that she does not remember?
This book lived up to they hype for me, I had heard that it was a good book and it delivered. It did take me a few chapters to get wrapped into the book, but once I was, I did not want to put it down. Throughout, I was trying to figure out who did it and how Rachel was involved.