THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

   Of late, I've been pondering about manipulators.  Partly because I recently had my eyes painfully opened by a master of the practice, and this has made me only too aware of others . Partly because my favourite radio programme,  (The Archers, BBC Radio 4).  has in its storyline, a man who is skilfully manipulating his partner.  I'm both appalled at his actions, and fascinated by his skill.  The heart of this book is about manipulation.  I shan't say by whom, I don't want to spoil the plot. I would've been very unhappy had I been told more than the vaguest outline before I began to enjoy this book. I shall just say, I was utterly fooled ,  it wasn't who I thought it was. And this  really is the skill of Hawkins' writing. I went constantly back and forth  liking  one person, distrusting another then changing my mind. Back and forth, until I could no longer trust my own  instincts.   Ultimately, Paula Hawkins was the master manipulator here, and I  happily succumbed. Anybody who has been familiar with a regular commute into any major British town from elsewhere, will immediately connect with Rachel and her daily commute into Euston. Those brief glimpses of suburban life that one gets, views of a community that not even residents are familiar with.  The story is told in three voices. Rachel's is the strongest. Then there is Anna, and Megan.  Each one of them draws sympathy, and just as quickly, each one invites disdain. The book is a psychological thriller that had me utterly hooked from the first line to the last.    I listened to the audio version of the book, which was read by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India Fisher.  They did an excellent job. A perfect audio for a commute on a train!