Rachel, whose alcoholism has cost her the life she once had with her ex-husband, Tom, watches a couple from her commuter train each day. Jason and Jess are her idea of the perfect couple and she idolizes them with these Rachel-given names. Suddenly, when she learns that Jess (really, Megan) is missing, she can’t help but get involved. As Rachel is sucked in to what becomes a dangerous situation, she learns that alcohol has cost her more than just her marriage.
This book deserves the acclaim that it is getting. It is an excellent portrait of a self-hating, depressed woman whose life is drowned in drink. It also builds into a thriller with just enough suspense to keep the pages turning. The characters are not lovable but they are interesting and complex. It also keeps you guessing and has a twist near the end that I did not see coming.