The Girl on the Train | Study Guide

Paula Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train | Megan (Chapter 4) | Summary



On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, Megan is restless. During a panic attack that night, she made several phone calls to a man. That evening she remembers that Dr. Kamal Abdic, her therapist, suggested that she keep a diary, but she can't because her husband Scott might read it. He has gone through her things before. Megan doesn't blame him because she has given him reason for jealousy before and fears that she will again.

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, Megan reveals to the reader that she is having an affair. When she meets her lover, her friend Tara covers for her.


Megan reveals herself as an unreliable narrator as well. She doesn't reveal information to her husband or to the reader: she has an affair behind her husband's back and does not disclose her lover's name to the reader. Megan's perspective, too, needs amendment.

The reader's assumption that Megan and Jess, the woman Rachel watches on her commute, are one and the same, is confirmed. According to Rachel Jess is having an affair with a tall and dark man, which is exactly the way Megan describes her therapist. So is Megan sleeping with her therapist? As the reader is trying to put together the whole picture, one perspective might enlighten the other. At the same time, the different perspectives allow different takes on the same scene, exposing the subjective nature of experience and memory.

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