This psychological thriller debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015.
The story is told as a first-person narrative from the point of view of three women: Rachel, Megan, and Anna.
Rachel Watson is a 32-year-old alcoholic reeling from the dissolution of her marriage to Tom, who left her for another woman, Anna Watson. Rachel’s drinking has caused her to lose her job; she frequently binges and has blackouts. Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning.
Megan seems perfect, beautiful, apparently happy, and married to a devoted man. However, she has a troubled past that she conceals from everyone. A past that gives her severe insomnia. She finds her life boring and escapes from her troubles by taking a series of lovers. She has sought help by seeing a therapist, Dr. Kamal Abdic, whom she would like to seduce. She reveals to him a dark secret she has never confided to anyone before.
Anna is young, beautiful, and in love with Tom, and a stay-at-home mother to the young Evie. She enjoys parading her conquest of Tom in front of Rachel, she eventually becomes angry at Rachel’s harassment of her and her family, and wants to move from Rachel’s former house and report Rachel’s stalking to the police.
Soon they’ll all see that Rachel is much more than just the girl on the train