EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Bless audiobooks! See, I’m a teacher, and every end of the school year is the same old story – mid June comes along and I don’t have time to actually read and have to turn to audiobooks instead because they allow me to read while I do something else at the same time. I’ve had this audiobook for months, and I just decided to pick it up and see what was up with it. The only thing I knew is that it was a thriller and that it was supposed to be a good story. Aside from that I had no clue about the characters… I hadn’t even read the blurb.
This is a story of a girl that witnesess what ends up being a crime. The story is told from three different POV. Each one of our narrators, for different reasons, is unreliable. Each one of them has bits and pieces that when put together the story starts to make sense… or not. Our narrators are Rachel, Megan and Anna.
One of the things that, for me, was particularly interesting is that while I could feel lots of empathy for each one of the narrators I actually didn’t find them entirely likable. They are extremely flawed, all of them, so there’s a chance that you won’t like them, but at the same time you will love them because they feel real (I know, it sounds weird, but that’s how I feel about them). I liked Rachel, but the other two I found difficutl to like them. One of them in particular – I just couldn’t warm up to her, yet she felt genuine. These three women are complex. I read that someone said that in a way this could be seen as a study in character (i couldn’t find the source again, but if i do, i will link you guys to it), and in a way I agree. There are fears, and lies, and obsessions – and there’s also what comes with those things.
The portrayal of alcoholism, in particular, seemed realistic to me. There were social issues that were also portrayed in this book. These issues came in the voice of our narrators as things they had experienced, or were experiencing in that moment. I liked this a lot, and I must admit that some of those social issues that the characters talked about were things that I felt identified with. At first sight all of these things from the alcoholism to marriage and motherhood seemed like didn’t play a huge part, and were just there… but in reality, everything plays a huge part. Everything counts. All those bits and pieces, and clues, that seem meaningless actually form part of the bigger picture.
The mystery was interesting and engaging. I really couldn’t stop thinking and trying to figure out who was what and why, and who had commited the murder. I think that if you pay attention, like really pay attention to the little details, you will be able to discover who the murderer is quite early in the book.
About the audiobook narration – The three narrators were great. But the women who narrated Rachel and Megan were absolutely amazing. Their voices are lovely and they totally got into character. It felt so real, especially Megan’s narrator. I liked how the narrator who read Anna’s part got her so well, too. She got her emotions and put them out there perfectly. She wasn’t my favorite though, but i do wonder if maybe that was partly because I just did not like Anna. I didn’t like that character. At all.
The men in this book are also very interesting, and to an extent they all play a huge part in the story of the women in the book. Not only in the book, but like, in the women’s stories themselves.
I totally recommend this book, and actually, if you like audiobooks, I absolutely recommend you to pick up this one because it’s one hundred percent worth it. I finished it in two days… that’s how good it is.