The Girl on the Train | Study Guide

Paula Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train | Megan (Chapter 35) | Summary



On the evening of Saturday, July 13, 2013, Tom and Megan are driving toward the woods. Tom's hands are bloody, and he tells Megan that he had trouble with his ex. In the woods Megan tells him she is pregnant. He tells her to get an abortion if it's his. Angered by his dismissive reaction, Megan hurls insults at him. That in turn angers Tom. He hits her in a fit of rage and kills her.


Megan's perspective discloses the final pieces of the mystery to the reader. Even though Rachel has been able to recover her memory of what happened in the underpass, which led to the discovery that Tom was responsible for Megan's death, the puzzle will forever remain incomplete. Megan's perspective will never be known to anyone other than the reader. Tom will never know that Megan did not really intend to expose him, which essentially means that he killed her for no reason. Anna will never know that Megan had stopped being a threat to her family long ago. Scott will never know that Megan's intention was to try to create a family with him. And Rachel will never know that she and Megan did indeed have a moment of mutual recognition.

The novel illustrates that truth remains fragmented, knowable only in bits and pieces, influenced by one's necessarily limited perspective.

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