The Girl on the Train | Study Guide

Paula Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train | Megan (Chapter 8) | Summary



On Thursday, March 7, 2013, in a hotel room Megan and her lover dream about a vacation together and Megan wonders if he is her soul mate. When she wakes up, he is gone, as usual. The next day she is at home with Scott, who remarks that she slept through the night and wonders if her therapy is working. Megan tells him that she wants to keep going. She admits to herself that Scott is no longer enough for her and wonders if any lover ever would be.


Slowly the dates covered in Megan's perspective are approaching the date of her disappearance. Eventually, Megan's perspective will cover the day she disappeared. Not only does this reverse storytelling create suspense, it also is a brilliant device for introducing the question about whether the events could have been stopped. Megan's life is not the fulfilled marriage Rachel imagined. Her life with Scott is not enough for her, yet she does not blame Scott. Like Rachel, she blames herself for her troubled marriage, wondering if she will always want to run away. This suggests that perhaps Megan is running away from something, increasing the reader's curiosity about her past.

Megan and Rachel seem like mirror images of each other. Both suffer from guilt over their failed marriages, yet while Rachel is longing for a perfect past life that escaped her because of her infertility, Megan seems to be running from hers.

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