The Girl on the Train
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Rachel blacks out when she drinks. Tom has told her multiple stories about her horrendous behavior when she's that drunk, from insulting his colleague's wife at a dinner party to coming after him with a golf club. He cites this as one of the many reasons why he had an affair with Anna and then divorced Rachel.
The man who Rachel saw Megan kissing was Megan's therapist, Dr. Abdic. They had been having an affair for several months. She told him that after her brother was killed in a motorcycle accident, she ran away from home and moved in with an older guy named Craig MacKenzie. They were doing a lot of drugs and she got pregnant. Although neither of them was interested in having a kid, she had the baby. One night she got into the bathtub with the baby and fell asleep, accidentally drowning the baby. Craig tells her that he's going out for a bit but he never comes back.
The police question Abdic but do not charge him. He then leaks the story about Megan drowning her baby and the press turns her into Megan the Baby Killer. Rachel makes an appointment to see Dr. Abdic, hoping to learn more about him and possibly find something that ties him to Megan's disappearance. Rachel also continues to see Scott and eventually sleeps with him.
When Megan's body is found, the autopsy reveals she was pregnant but neither Scott nor Dr. Abdic are the father.
Scott finally learns that Rachel had never even met Megan. He gets angry when he confronts her, prompting Rachel to wonder whether he killed Megan.
Rachel and Anna both realize that Tom also had an affair with Megan. Rachel also realizes that Tom has been gaslighting her for years. Thanks to her blackouts, he was able to be abusive towards her and then lie to her and tell her that she had been the aggressive one because he knew she wouldn't remember. Anna finds Megan's phone in Tom's gym bag.
So what really happened to Megan? She told Tom that she was pregnant and he killed her.
Despite their mutual dislike, Rachel goes to Anna to tell her about Tom and Megan. She urges Anna to leave immediately. Unfortunately, Tom arrives home and overhears. He tells Anna to go upstairs with the baby. He beats Rachel and she knows that he will kill her. She stabs him in the neck with a corkscrew. Anna waits for him to die and then calls 911. Rachel and Anna corroborate each other's stories about Tom attacking Rachel so she is not charged for his murder.
The short version of this book: all of these people are assholes! They are liars, cheaters, and murderers. But at least Tom got what was coming to him, which made for a satisfying ending.
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