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The Girl on the Train

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Don't miss Paula Hawkins' new novel, Into the Water, coming May 2017.
 
The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

 
“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.”—Vanity Fair

The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times
 
“Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.”—USA Today
 
“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston Globe

Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People 
 
 
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
 
 

  • Rank: #6747 in Books
  • Brand: Riverhead Books
  • Published on: 2015
  • Released on: 2015-01-13
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.37" h x 1.11" w x 6.38" l, 1.19 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 336 pages

Features

  • first explosive novel by Paula Hawkins, basis of teh movie starring Emily Blunt

1664 of 1832 people found the following review helpful.
ALCOHOLIC AMNESIA
By Red Rock Bookworm
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is a dark, haunting and depressing psychological thriller, but it's incredibly effective thanks to the writing skills of author Paula Hawkins. Rachel is a divorced woman who would do anything for a drink, and like a lot of folks consumed by a love affair with the bottle, one might call her a victim of circumstances. Her husband Tom had an affair that resulted in a pregnancy. He divorced Rachel, married the "other woman" and now all three (husband, wife and child) are happily ensconced in the house that was once Rachel's.

The train that Rachel rides to London each day takes her past her old neighborhood. From the window of the train she observes not only her old garden that backs up to the tracks, but also the daily activities of another couple who reside down the street from her previous home. In her imagination she has given the couple names and has created a fairy tale love life for them. Real life, however, cannot live up to her fantasy and the couple does not have the picture perfect relationship that Rachel has concocted. When a murder occurs, Rachel becomes entangled in the investigation because of what she has witnessed on her daily commute.

This rather bleak story with intersecting timelines is told from the viewpoint of three different women Rachel, Anne and Megan. All the women are unreliable narrators with something to hide. In fact, most of the characters in this novel, including the men, lack veracity, and are a self-serving and unsympathetic group with plenty of skeletons in their closets.

Lest I continue and divulge too much of the plot, let me just say that the twists and turns in the story are many and readers will be easily drawn in, making it easy to devour this book in one afternoon.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Decently done; kept my interest
By John K. Gayley
Interesting premise, decent execution. A refreshing change to have 3 main female protagonists who all have warts (although nothing in comparison to the males). The "multiple viewpoint first person" narrative (I'm sure there's a more technical literary name for this) is an interesting conceit but a bit confusing at first. In my view, the story could have been told just as effectively by only two of the 3 narrators. Also one thing that gets missed in this format is any broader descriptive detail and explicit point of view on the evolution of modern British suburban society that lends itself to the rise of twits like these people (since only one of the 3 female narrators --and none of their 2 dimensional male counterparts--will admit to being twits as part of their narrative)

The story itself could actually take place anywhere; needn't have been the Home Counties in the UK. However, compared to the mindlessness of the post-yuppie suburban twits we have in the US, these UK versions are pretty soft-edged, maybe even tolerable neighbors. Maybe I'll emigrate.

The intersection of the personal narrative of the "main" protagonist and the mystery she's drawn into means there are inevitable missed turns on the plot roadmap. At one point I was flipping back through earlier pages thinking I'd either missed something or had inherited the heroine's propensity for drunken blackouts. Had this been a movie we would've commented "hmmm, guess the last half of THAT plot line ended up on the cutting room floor."

All that aside, this was a decent read and a good diversion. I look forward to reading her next effort. also look forward to what I assume will be the inevitable film version of "girl on a train", which I think could actually rectify some of the plotting and narrative blind spots of the book. ) This book is being marketed as "the next Gone Girl", but in the right hands, I think a film version of this book could be so much stronger than Gone girl, which I thought had all the predictability of ritual Kabuki theater but with a suspenseful soundtrack.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Good read, didn't live up to the hype
By Kitty
Rachel Watson rides the 8:04 train every morning, where she sees what she believes to be a perfect couple outside on their patio every day. One morning, she sees something that shocks her. And when Megan goes missing a few days later, Rachel tells the police what she saw. But when the police don’t take her seriously, Rachel takes matters into her own hands to solve the mystery.

There was so much hype about this book, and I sort of see why. It’s an interesting idea, it’s a realistic thriller and it’s well written. But in my opinion, it was good book... but it wasn't great. I read it to the end and I never felt forced to finish it, but it wasn’t something I couldn't put down or that I needed to stay up and finish. I suspected the “major twist”. The characters are all annoying, but their issues are all too relevant and relatable. From manipulative men to cheating to heartbreak to alcoholism, it’s all in there. And the ending just fell a little flat. The whole book is about figuring out who the murderer is, and the revelation of the murderer and what happen afterwards are just dull and unrealistic. I liked the book, but I don't think it lived up to the hype.

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