“When did you become so weak?” I don’t know. I don’t know where that strength went, I don’t remember losing it. I think that over time it got chipped away, bit by bit, by life, by the living of it.”
After finishing Gillian Flynn psychological thriller novels, Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, and Dark Places, I’ve became a fan of this genre. And I get really excited when my boyfriend give me this novel because I’ve had read some good review about it.
It’s about a divorced alcoholic, Rachel, who takes the same commuter train everyday. And everytime, the train always pass a stretch of housing complex where Rachel used to live in. Sometimes the train stop at the signal which allow her to observe the houses, one of them took her interest because she always see the same couple sitting at their porch, having breakfast or chatting. She began to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, that’s what she calls them. She even made up an imagination of their seemingly perfect life, the life she could have had with her ex-husband Tom who is now happily married with his former mistress, who is scared of her and hate her.
One day, Jess goes missing and the day before that Rachel actually witnessed something shocking in Jess & Jason’s home from the train. Feeling connected to them, she offers her help to the police but given her alcoholic background, she gets dismissed. What happens next is she got involved in complicated situation between the missing of Jess, her involvement with Jason, and her problem with alcohol.
There are three point of views in this novels, and none of them is trustworthy. One is an alcoholic, one is a cheater, and the other one is a liar. But that’s what makes this book interesting because all of the characters are not just imperfect, they are messed up in their own way. It’s hard to pick sides. You’ll never know what’s behind the closed door.
The story is fascinating, it’s the kind of story that keeps you flipping the pages until you know what happens. Compared to Gone Girl, it’s more fast-paced. However, somehow I could see the twist coming, I mean if I have to really compare it’s not as hard to guess the plot as Gone Girl. I kinda figure it out even before I was halfway through. Even so, it doesn’t stop me to read this thrilling, gripping, and scary novel.