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.
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?
- Amazon Sales Rank: #4909 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
- first explosive novel by Paula Hawkins, basis of teh movie starring Emily Blunt
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
Two stars is generous
It was not the worst thing I've read. But it was very, very far from the best. The author's writing is technically fine. And she does do a good job of depicting the characters and scenes. Well, that is she does if her intention was for the reader to not just dislike the characters, but to utterly abhor them. I realize that to some extent we are not supposed to like them. But usually with a cast of unlikable characters there is some redeeming value somewhere. This book had none! I didn't like the characters, but more importantly couldn't have cared less about what happened to them. I struggled to finish this book. Mostly I kept thinking I was missing something - it has gotten such great reviews that I felt like maybe just around the next page there would be something to like. Alas, there never was. A previous review stated it well - the characters are "not merely unlikable; their un-likability is forced and exaggerated. Rachel's convenient blackouts happen so frequently as to become tedious". Everything about this book was tedious. I can't imagine the soon-to-be-released movie will be any better!
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful.
Meh. Don't bother. There are other good books out there.
By JCRS B
I'm actually surprised that this book is as popular as it is, when there are so many good ones out there right now. I've seen this book compared to Gone Girl, and I don't understand because while it has a similar premise, (missing girl, murder, intrigue) it was entirely less interesting and surprising, although I will admit that The Girl on the Train did keep me in suspense for the first half. It seemed like the author had a great idea with a girl on a train, studying people's lives as she passed by, but then it got muddled by a bunch of affairs and entirely too attractive people.
Ultimately I was rooting for this book to be better, but the characters were not relatable or realistic in my opinion, and it seemed like I was watching a soap opera.
1647 of 1814 people found the following review helpful.
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.