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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: #4867 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

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful.
It was an incredibly tedious story about a self-absorbed woman and characters with no ...
By Daniel Panachyda
This was the first book I've ever sent to the cloud as an unfinished read. It was an incredibly tedious story about a self-absorbed woman and characters with no redeeming value. The repetition of her train ride, visits to her ex etc. etc. was mind numbing to say the least. There wasn't a single person in this story (as much as I read of it anyway) that I made any connection with or cared about. If you like whining, weak. emotionally flawed characters then this book is for you. If you like real suspense or mystery novels then look elsewhere.

85 of 92 people found the following review helpful.
Near Tears Terrible
By Weenie
I'm so terribly disappointed in this book. It was slow, contrived and unbelievable. I don't understand how it has garnered such rave reviews. As I read this book it was very obvious to me the author used an inordinate number of words that did not add to the plot to simply fill up space. This was a terrible read.

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
Don't believe the hype
By J. Rose
I suppose I should learn my lesson after this. The next time a book is a runaway bestseller, and/or is compared favorably to Gone Girl, I should run screaming. Also, when a friend promises me that it's such an amazing book, that I'll read it in only a day or two. Well, the friend was partially right. I did finish the book in about two days, but because I was racing to get it over with and into a better book, not because it was amazing. Far from it. Let's get to our spoiler-free review, then, shall we? Here we have all the ingredients for what passes for literature these days:

1.) Unreliable, weak, female narrator. Only in this case, instead of just one insufferably pathetic female narrator, we get THREE! Make sure you read the chapter headings, because their 'voices' are utterly indistinguishable. They all have a few things in common: all of them are very boring, very selfish, and all derive all of their self-worth based on whether or not a man wants them sexually. There's a somewhat common thread between them relating to the "importance" of having kids -- I place the word in quotation marks because, depending on the narrator, kids are either the end-all-be-all to a woman's life, or a burden to be rid of immediately -- all pressure/blame still placed squarely on the woman and the woman only, in either case. Our primary narrator is an alcoholic, which just adds to the aggravation, as her poor decisions keep piling up and she just keeps on drowning them in alcohol. And before anyone thinks I'm unsympathetic: I've lived with alcoholics, and while there's no shame in addiction, there's also no glamour in it, either.

2.) "Mystery" which isn't really mystery at all, it's just plot holes with a few flashbacks woven in that serve no real purpose other than to force the reader to flip back a few pages at times to confirm the timeline they're currently reading.

3.) Atrocious writing style. Ms. Hawkins never met a comma (or a dependent clause) she didn't love. I found it amusing that she thanked THREE editors at the end, because I was pretty sure this was literally a poor first draft. I taught (and tutored) English for several years, and if one of my college students had ever turned in an essay with such consistently sloppy syntax, I'd have no choice but to give them a failing grade. Now, not all readers will care about this or even notice it, but the ones who do will understand my frustration. I tried to be generous and assume that the reason Rachel's perspective was so poorly written was due to the alcoholism, but when I realized that Anna and Megan were written exactly the same, I had no choice but to chalk it up to a lack of skill on the part of our author.

As such, the book is too long by easily 100 pages. The seemingly-endless journal-like entries become incredibly tedious after the first fifty pages or so, and as to who the killer is, that nugget revealed itself (for me) about halfway through, which meant I still had about 160 pages of Rachel's self-pity, Anna's snobbery, and Megan's general obnoxiousness to slog through. None of the main characters are remotely likable.

I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone. I'll be giving my copy away, and regretting spending $10 on it.

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