Now I know why this book got so much attention. I was nearly at the end before I even began to suspect the person who turned out to be the killer. The beginning reminded me of “4:50 From Paddington” by Agatha Christie in that the first character we meet is Rachel who is watching a particular couple in their house next to the railroad tracks as she passes by every day. Then one day the wife disappears and Rachel thinks she has knowledge that may be critical to the investigation. But Rachel is a drunk and an “unreliable witness”, so she goes directly to the husband. What Rachel doesn’t know is that she is directly involved in the disappearance. Rachel’s life is already spiraling out of control because of her drinking, but will this investigation tip her over the edge? Or will she even survive?
I loved the way this book was structured in that it moves back and forth from Rachel telling the story, to Megan, the victim, detailing the days and weeks before her disappearance. I think this kind of structure heightens the suspense in a thriller and allows the reader to see the events from more than one angle, and there is always more than one angle in a mystery. That being said I didn’t really like either of them, at least at first. Rachel comes off as pathetic and whiny at the beginning, but her persistence in the matter gave her more depth as the story moves along and I appreciated the attempts she was making, in the midst of all the drama, to pull her life back together. Megan on the other hand seemed to be spinning out of control, bored with her life and her marriage. The twists and turns in this story will keep you guessing till the end. If, like me, you didn’t read this one when it first came out, you should definitely pick it up now.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 4.5 stars!!