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The Girl On The Train

byPaula Hawkins

Paperback | January 6, 2015

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.
The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives, from the author of Into the Water.
“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 

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?
PAULA HAWKINS has worked in journalism for ten years. Most recently she was deputy personal finance editor of The Times. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since, apart from brief sojourns in Paris, Brussels and Oxford, where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Title:The Girl On The TrainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.98 × 6.31 × 0.84 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:038568231X

ISBN - 13:9780385682312

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is amazing, I love how the chapters are divided into who the narrator is. It keeps you guessing and on the edge of your seat! LOVE Paula Hawkins books.
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read I got this book from a used bookstore because the owner recommended it to me. It’s a great rainy day read. The writing is well done; in certain scenes in the book it feels like you are apart of it and living through the main character. I didn’t give it five stars because there could have been more to the ending and more info on what happens to the other characters in the book.
Date published: 2019-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More psychological than expected I was told that this book was a murder mystery when, in fact, the title really is the book in this case: the girl on the train. The first 50-100 pages solely focus on Rachel's character, how this woman thinks, feels and behaves and you get a very good grip of who is she is, the mystery that she somehow gets involves in comes later, once you feel like you know who she is, and almost feels like a secondary plot to a certain extent. I had a hard time with the use of three different narrators, the other two don't feel as relevant and interesting as Rachel, the lead, and shift the focus at times. I would not recommend it to someone who is looking for a big murder mystery, there definitely is a lot of suspense and it is very well written, but, to me at least, it felt more like a psychological novel, a journey into someone's mind with a mystery on the side. Totally worth reading nevertheless, the author really knows how to put emotions and sensations into words!
Date published: 2018-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I watched the movie a while ago but recently pick up a copy to read the story, and I'm so happy that I did. This book really does an amazing job of giving you all these mixed feelings for all these characters, and really makes you feel connected to them. I found myself reading every chance i got and that's so unlike me! Highly recommend this thriller to anyone who loves a good twist
Date published: 2018-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Enough It was fast paced and suspenceful. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I was hoping there was a more psychological twist to conclude the story.
Date published: 2018-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping, suspenseful... much better than the movie! I'm quite glad that I read this book before watching the movie, as the book delves into the characters' psychological motivation much more adeptly than a movie can hope to do. It's a page-turner that will keep you up as you continue reading on to unravel the mystery.
Date published: 2018-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the movie I really enjoyed this book, although I saw the movie first so I knew what to expect. I really liked the different point of view chapters and getting more of an insight into the characters' minds.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I read the book first! Fast paced, hard to put down, and suspenseful. I loved this book. I definitely didn't love the movie, though!
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I thought this book was very interesting. It always keeps you at the edge of the seat and you can't help but question what to believe.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Up to you Not a booked I'd read again but it was good enough for me to finish.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic twists & turns! I can't believe how good this book was! It was everything I love about a thriller and it just kept getting better and better. I had really high expectations and was not disappointed. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what it's cracked up to be I was expecting Gone Girl 2.0 when I started to read this. While it technically falls along the same line, Hawkins doesn't achieve the same shock value and drama that Flynn does. This book is certainly not worth the hype. If you're fine with some mediocre "psychological" thrills, then go for it. Otherwise, be prepared to be unsurprised and predicting the end part way through the book. Not worth it at all -- and the movie is even worse.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing i was inspired to read this after reading gone girl and it did not disappoint
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it! this book kept me on edge throughout the whole thing. i could not put it down and the sense of mystery and suspense kept my eyes glued to the page. definitely a must read and would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I think I drank wine throughout the whole book... Good book. A little predictable. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed this read. Made a great book during summer vacation.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fanastic Thrilling, suspenseful, and lots of twists. A must read!
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I could not put this book down. Its constant suspense kept me interested and wanting to continue to read on and on. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every page had me hooked Just as good as everyone preached it to be. Thirller and suspense is filled in every turning page.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Very interesting read. I enjoyed this thriller. It is an easy read and an overall great book.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this. Way better than the movie. All the twists and turns. A book you can't put down.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh Couldn't put it down because it started off suspenseful, but the ending was far too predictable
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent read I enjoyed this book, it's a quick read that doesn't require a great deal of thinking. I liked how it was structured, and while I saw the ending coming from a mile away, it was still an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hi Just started this book and I am a little confused. I never thought I would say this, but it is actually a good kind of confusing. Its not that frustrating kind, its the kind where your confused, but very intrigued to heal that confusion
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing thriller story Reading The Girl on the Train gives you the "something's wrong" vibes throughout the story, but is skillful in hiding the plot twists, building suspense around it until your caught by surprise by the turns in the plot. However, the ending seems quite fitting and this is an enjoyable read overall. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this to any psychological thriller fan as it's one of my favourites of all time; however, it's a good read for anyone looking for a plot-driven story.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from slow start but got better Took me a long time to get into this book and even by the end, never really liked any of the characters. some suspense but I figured it out before the ending/reveal.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read! I really enjoyed this book. Kept me interested from start to finish, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I was hesitant to read this book but was glad I did. I typically don't read novels like this one but once I started I couldn't put it down. Would definitely recommend for those who enjoy thrillers or for those looking for an interesting read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful A very well written thriller. Very much like Gone Girl. I became completely engrossed in it and even the ending had some unexpected twists. Definite reader for any fans of mysteries or suspense.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great suspenful read Could not put this book down. I kept trying to guess what was actually going on and was completely surprised at the outcome. Really enjoyed this one!
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kept me guessing!!!!! I loved this book! After I read Gone Girl I needed something else that somewhat compares, though they are both very different. It took me at least 1/3 of the book to get the flow of it and the points of views but worth it. The main character Rachel is at times very frustrating where you want to shake some sense into her so she can see the bigger picture or to see a clue in a certain way. She was also repeatable because she is an alcoholic, which many people can relate to. I did not know how the story was going to end and did not see it coming. An amazing read!
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from loved this was a bit hesitant to start the book but quickly enjoyed it. glad i read it
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So. Good. What a well thought out read. I was stressed (in that "great, suspenseful" way) and captivated until the end! The book was absolutely better than the movie.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The writing style and the story kept me hooked the entire time!
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original This book messed with my head, it was not how I expected it to be, and there were so many plot twists. It's an extremely exciting read!
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book got me back into reading for pleasure. I had forgotten how much I love reading after all the textbooks in university and then this came along and it was such an easy read yet so interesting that I basically devoured it. Absolutely masterfully done. Everyone should read it.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great intersect of character lives I can see what the hype has been about for this book. It wasn't entirely expected the intersect of lives in the novel but it was so hard to put down because each chapter had you trying to guess and learn more about the characters' world.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read Seems kind of weird at first that she stares at these peoples homes all the time and becomes so involved in their lives.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Concept I liked The Girl on the Train because it had an interesting concept. The plot twists also kept me interested and wanting more. I recommend this book
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this. I bought this book on a saturday morning and devoured it quickly, was done by sunday bed time. It was uncomplicated writing with a good amount of suspense. Fun and suspenseful read. DONT WATCH THE MOVIE.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Usually I do not enjoy mystery books are I can predict how the story is going to play out. For this story, I did not figure it out until the very end of the book when all my other suspects were ruled out. This book made me want to rush through it as I could not put it down.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok. I bought this book because it got a lot of hype and I began to read it...and hate it. I like none of the characters and it was difficult to read when the characters (mostly the protagonist) was making poor choices and it was frustrating. Sorry if I have offended anyone that liked this novel.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This book pulls you in, then takes you for quite a ride. I have never particularly enjoyed mysteries but this was great. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Such a good book, I did not read it when it first came out, I waited a couple years, and never saw the movie, but damn the book was great!
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It had me hooked. I wanted to read these before any movie and so glad I did. What a great read that I couldn’t put down.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I understand the hype! The plot and characters are well-constructed. Not only was I trying to figure out who the murderer was, but I was trying to do so while immersed in the mind of an alcoholic; this was intense and frustrating, but in a good way. I really empathized with Rachel, and that's what good writing is about - it puts you in the book, makes you experience what the characters are experiencing.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick and enjoyable It's no literary genius, but it's a good page turner, great for a summer read.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read I read this book a couple months ago and I loved it. It is a great mystery read.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! Not entirely original, definitely figured out the story very early on but it was still written very well!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book was definitely overhyped. It was an okay read. I've read better thrillers or mystery books. The ending felt rushed when the murderer was revealed and their motive just didn't make sense to me.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One on my Favorite books Loved this book! Held my attention right from the start!
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Page-Turner Since Rachel is an unreliable narrator, some parts of this book were amazingly frustrating to read! At the same time, those exact same moments made the story compelling and interesting because the reader has no idea what is real and what isn't, just like the narrator. I starting having suspicions in the last half of the book, but I was still surprised at the end!
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Couldn't put this book down and read it in 2 days. Thrilling, and I liked it a lot better than the movie!
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful This is an excellent read. I could not have guessed how it would end and that is the best part! The film paled in comparison to the book. I would pick it up again for another read for sure.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No, this is not as good as Gone Girl I picked this up because of my love for Gone Girl and so many people comparing the two. It is not nearly as good as Gone Girl. I am not someone who tried to guess what is going to happen in a book. I like to just read along and let myself be surprised. Well, that was basically impossible with this book as I ended up guessing the ending by the end of Chapter 2. Sure, there was some other stuff beyond just the big twist but none of the writing or characters were interesting enough to warrant me finishing this book. I, of course, did still finish the book but it all just equated to a big "meh" for me. Way too predictable. Just watch the movie.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over hyped I loved Gone Girl, so when I saw that The Girl on the Train was being called the next "Gone Girl", I jumped on it. Unfortunately, it was over-hyped and definitely not comparable to "Gone Girl".
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay, better than the movie I guess... It was fine, I read the whole book but it took me a long time. Wasn't the most stimulating, but it was a decent read. I definitely preferred it over the movie!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Psychological Success I had heard great things about this book, and it definitely did not disappoint. Kept me guessing all the way until the end. I love psychological thrillers, and this book played mind games with you until the very end. Would recommend!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Put Down This is the type of book that just keeps you wanting to read more! You think you know what is happening and who is who but the ending was a twist I didn't see coming. If you have seen the movie or are thinking about seeing the movie, I recommend giving the book a read too!
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will keep you up at night I'm a sucker for crime fiction and mystery, and boy did this book satisfy my itch for a good read recently. Definitely could not put the book down as I finished it all in one day; the pace of the plot, the characters, and the plot twists were all wonderfully infuriating.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it in one sitting This is a great read. Full of excitement and mystery. Like a Kate Morton book, only darker
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great quick read! I read this book rather quickly since it doesn't have a super complex structure to keep track of but I enjoyed it anyway. Great for a beach read or something after a really thought provoking story.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright The mystery itself was okay enough, but every character in this book was horrendous and hateful in some way. Reading about them and especially from their POV was beyond painful.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book This was my favourite thriller/mystery book. I always recommend it to friends.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Very enjoyable book, suspenseful, but I had a hard time getting into it at first... With thrillers I'm used to not being able to put the book down after a few pages or chapters at most. For me this book really picked up at the half way mark.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful & exciting! I guessed who the villain was pretty early on, but that didn't stop me from being glued to the book until I was finished. It also meant that I got the satisfaction of having a smug "I KNEW IT!" moment, even if most people may have gotten it as well. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, you should definitely give this book a read!
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entirely entertaiing Rachel is a mess throughout. A black-out drunk with self-image and self-confidence issues. She's a mess. She lies to create some semblance of normality to those around her. She's losing control.......and then something happened......but what?! This story kept me interested, involved and wondering what happened.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I really enjoyed this read by Paula Hawkins, lots of suspense for those thrill seekers!
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I really liked this book and continue to recommend it. It is so good - has suspense, love, everything!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Girl on a Train pulled me right in from page one. Loved it!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I could not put this down! I finished this novel in one day. I could not put it down and I even passed on the news to other friends to read this. The novel is basically written from three different women's point of views regarding one major mystery situation. I did not expect the twist, but it was a really good one.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT! I bought it last week, I read it in 4 days... I LOVE IT! It's one of the best books I've ever read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Loved every second of this book - never knew what was going to happen
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific A very fast-paced, complicated, dark story with very life-like characters. I loved reading the story and couldn't guess the ending which is very rare and always a pleasure.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I found this book to be full of suspense and unpredictable - well written.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book I highly recommend to not watch the movie before reading the book. I really enjoy imagining the characters and the places visited when I read. This time, I had the characters of the movie in mind and it kinda ruined it a bit for me :(
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the read The movie is great but the book it definitely better!
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book so much! Definitely a page turner! I bought this book, because I saw how many people loved it and thought I'll give it a try! This book is absolute amazing, couldn't put it down. Really makes you think about each character and their pasts. The suspense is unreal. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great page turner I really enjoyed the mystery in the story but deducted a star because I found myself not liking the main character
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This book is so good! It keeps you interested from beginning to end. I would recommend reading this book before watching the movie.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Decent character development, and then... I was very disappointed by this book. What happened? I really think this book could have been brilliant.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down I wanted to read this book all in one shot, couldn't put it down
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real page-turner! I beat my personal record of time it takes to finish a book with this one! A exciting page-turner, will definitely leave readers guessing. Loved it!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Suspense Wow this got me right back into reading! What a page turner. Some points were a bit predictable, but that usually happens with most suspense thrillers.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok well written and I appreciate it, just wasn't drawn into the story
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay Not the best, I figured out the plot twist early on. One time read.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No Did not get into this book. Really wanted to read it and was sadly disappointed.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick mediocre read I found this book to be somewhat predictable and at times slow moving.Although, not as skillfully crafted as "Gone Girl" that this novel is often compared to, the ending was still intriguing and made reading the novel worthwhile. It is still much better than the film.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark and Unique Premise Although I enjoyed Paula Hawkins' first thriller, I have to be honest, it was nothing like a Gillian Flynn novel so don't let that blurb deceive you. I find that Gillian Flynn always delivers such a shocking twist that I never know what the hell the end is going to happen. I found The Girl on the Train to become somewhat predicable about 70% in. The twist was good--don't get me wrong--but I was definitely expecting it to be more sick and twisted if being compared to our beloved Gone Girl. I am still recommending this book because the premise was very unique; however, having seen the movie, I much prefer the film adaptation over the actual book.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and light read It was a really nice light beach read. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book. Really enjoyed reading this book. Suspenseful and exciting, enjoyed it much more than the movie.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! Really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the book much more then the movie.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book! So much suspense, couldn't put this book down! So glad i bought this book!
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Woah This book delivered a great twist. The suspense kept me reading late into the night. A very good read
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not bad if you just want to have an easy entertainment I read this book and I can categorize it in "Gone girl" category. It's a typical mystery book and an easy entertainment. But it's not one that I'm proud to read. Not my type maybe.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turning Thriller This book is highly addictive and enjoyable to read. The author keeps the suspense alive until the very last chapter. Definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing one of her best books imo. thrilling, and a surprising ending. didn't expect it at all
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love the book better than the movie, if you watched the movie first like i did and didn't like it. and dont even think to read the book because the movie ruined you mood. Don't skip out on the book, its so much better than movie an you will like it so much better.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I couldn't predict its path The author had me all over the map regarding my feelings towards the protagonist. Enjoyable read for a long haul flight if you don't want to fall asleep.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the book! I really enjoyed this book and the connection between all the characters.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favorite I read this book and it was just ok for me. I kept waiting for it to get super fabulous, it held my attention all the way through but it was not entirely what I expected. Almsot felt like it was so hyped that my expectations were too high. I wouldn't read it again and wouldn't really recommend either. Ended up going to see the movie after and although I love Emily Blunt I hated the movie, reminded me that I didn't really enjoy the book either.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I agree the writing style did not stand out like others but yes the plot was pretty decent. The ending had quite a plot twist. Still got to watch the movie. Wonder how much it would be different from the novel.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Based off of the reviews from people around me who have read this, I expected a lot more. Perhaps my expectations were higher. I found it a bit slow all the way through the book right up until the end, which I do like and is the only reason I give this book 3 stars. I hated the main character and was just too mad at her for making such bad choices to enjoy the writing.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn’t put it down Loved, loved, loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. The book kept me on the edge of me set and couldn’t wait to find out what happened, but sad for it to end!
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a thriller Read it over a weekend, hooked on it and couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read Not a huge fan of the writing style, but the plot was interesting enough.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I finished it in TWO days! For an individual who doesn't often read thrillers, Hawkins truly pulled me in with this one. Her storyline was gripping - I kept turning pages as if I was binge watched an episode on Netflix. I finished this book in just two days. While I expected it to be predictable, I will add, it was not. Definitely would recommend it to anyone who enjoys thrillers.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing just an amazing read, highly recommended ! I personally couldn't put it down I had to know what happens to the character, shes so interesting
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was okay! The book was overly hyped. Somehow fell short of expectations. Took forever to get to the end. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! One of my favourite reads! I felt sad, scared and anxious! Could not put it down
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! this is a great book that I couldn't put down! Had the find out the ending! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings on the ending The mystery had me fully invested and I enjoyed the final reveal but I felt like the way some characters reacted and behaved had me scratching my head a bit. This is definitely still a good mystery/thriller novel.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved the story but not the writing style. I didn't care for the characters (which isn't necessarily a bad thing - you don't always have to like the main character for it to be a compelling story but you should have a good understanding of them, which I didn't with any of the women). I like mysteries in general, so this did take me by surprise and I admire that but that's all that I really liked about this book.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one of my favourite books! Could not put this down! enjoyed the book more than the movie.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! this is a real page turner! I couldn't put it down #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This book is about a woman who looses everything, yet she is torturing herself by riding the train past her old life daily. As she does this, she notices a woman a woman a few houses down and begins to make a story about her life, how they would be friends and what they would talk about. One day she sees this woman with a different man than her husband, the perfect life in which she has created for this woman crumbles. Later she gets drunk and ends up at the place she is staying with blood on her; the woman she made up a story about has disappeared. She remembers half the night and is worried that she had something to do with this disappearance. This woman follows the investigation and the truth about what has happened to this woman comes out. A wonderful thriller, with a wonderful plot twist at the end.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I don't understand?? I really don't understand how this book has become such a huge hit?! The story is interesting but the style of writing is nothing special. I was very excited to read it but it the book did not live up to my expectations, unfortunately.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable, but forgettable While moderately enjoyable, this book will leave no lasting impression. It is simply to uninspiring. The story lacks any real depth, skimming the surface of events which could be explored in a far better manner. That being said, the narrator, unreliable as she may be, is the pinnacle of this work. Her drunken rambling perfectly fits Hawkins writing style.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Impossible to put down, but ultimately a bit disappointing I read this entire book in a single sitting because I couldn't stop! I had to find out what happened. Unfortunately, the suspense, creepy atmosphere, and good writing of this novel are the best things it has going for it. In the end, I felt like the story became a bit of a let-down and that there was a lot of wasted potential. The first half is amazing, the second half...not so much. Still worth reading for yourself! Hopefully you enjoy the ending more than I did.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This book was not my favorite. It had some interesting parts but I expected it to be much more thrilling then it was because of all the hype. It is a good quick read but not something I will be talking about months from now.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lived up to the hype (for the most part) I was late to the game with this book, reading just as the movie came out. I'd heard good things, and enjoy a thriller so I jumped in to read it before seeing the film. For the most part I thought it was really well written. I liked the non-linear timeline. And I was surprised by the ending - which is difficult to pull off! My biggest criticism of the book is that I just didn't like the main character very much. I didn't feel much sympathy for her, and I think that held me back from getting completely caught up in the story. But all in all I recommend this book. It's entertaining, has some good twists and a satisfying ending. And, I think it's well written. It's also much better than the movie!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read This book had a lot of hype, and I thought it really lived up to it. Interesting story with a twist!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from pageturner This book lived up to the hype and I was not disappointed reading it. It's definitely a page turner! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Girl On the Train Kept my interest pretty much the whole way through. Usually I hate when a book has different points of view, but I really liked it here. Very intriguing characters.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down the best book of 2017! I loved this book so much! I could not put it down and read it within three days. In my personal opinion, the book was so much better than the movie. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book really pulls you in since its told in different perspectives. First half is pretty boring but its worth it.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read for the daily subway ride! This was a good book to read, my friend and I did a swap with this and the Girl in Cabin 10. Both were great books. I enjoyed the unreliable narrator although I find this trend slightly frustrating. I liked reading the three different view points. It's a page turner and I found the ending to be satisfactory. I had an idea of how it would but I was definitely "thrown off track" once or twice.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Amazing! I read this book so quickly as it was such a page-turner and I couldn't put it down. The story was filled with suspense and mystery and I enjoyed reading for every minute of it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Bought this book on a whim and don't regret it one bit! It was a page turner from start to finish.
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner! If you are a fan of Gone Girl this book is definitely a must-read. I finished this book in one sitting and it was so suspenseful with so many plot twists!
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Such a good read! I loved the plot twist
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I would pass I'm definitely not a book snob, but I thought this was badly written. It totally brought me out of the story more than once, and for that I would not recommend. Plus, the main character is not relatable in the least. The movie adaptation is not much better, but I would choose it over this book. There are much better thrillers out there.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the print version The narrator brought this book to life!
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not enjoy this book - not a thiller Thrillers are captivating and hard to put down. I was bored with this book & had to force myself to finish it. It did not seem fluid to me & I was bored by the middle. I would not call this a thriller & do not recommend it.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great thriller Very enjoyable and a creative writing style!
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Easy read with a great ending
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick Read! I am a procrastinator and I was unable to put this book down! Slow moving at first but every detail is well placed.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long at times but ultimately worth it Interesting start but becomes a bit hard to keep reading it after a while because of how the main character is. It is ultimately worth it if you like mystery reads. I did like it better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from hated it I hated this book! I read it before the movie came out and couldn't believe this story made it to the big screen. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea?
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from hated it I really tried to like this book since it was being talked about so highly. I read it before the movie came out and couldn't believe that this story made it to the big screen. Perhaps it's just not my cup of tea?
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good easy read I really enjoyed this book and it was an easy read but it seemed to be a bit of a copy (in the style at least) of Gone girl but nonetheless it was a dramatic good story overall. The characters were interesting enough and had some backstories.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read!! Slow at first but when it picks up its amazing!! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was a great read. I could not put it down. I loved the suspense and couldn't wait to find out the ending!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good read Half way through the book it was hard to not turn to the next page , it was slow at first but loved the ending . The book is way better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I chose to read this book for an English assignment and i am glad that i did. overall the book was great except for the ending that i thought could have been better written. it had just the right amount of suspense and murder.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating. Read it in three days despite a full school load, full workload and full plate. Could not put it down. Absolutely spellbinding read with a twist that could be surprising- if you don't know what you're looking for. A seasoned thriller reader would be able to see the twist coming, but for fans of Gone Girl, Into the Water, Let Me Go and other similar thrillers would devour this story. Well written, fast and sensible, this story is worth a good chance.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner! It was definitely a page turner. The suspense kept me on my toes, and I wanted more and more. Next thing I knew, I had already read the book from cover to cover!
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining! A quick but light read. A nice escape for a few hours.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I saw it coming Although I do love a good thriller, I saw the twist coming so early on. Unfortunately, as soon as I knew what was going to unfold, the story went downhill from there. For what it was, I think that this book was way over-hyped. Due to the overall predictability of the story and the slow pace near the beginning, I'm giving this book 3 stars. If you have absolutely nothing going on over the weekend and need something to pass the time- maybe this could be the read for you? But if I'm honest, maybe you're better off spending your time reading something else... That sounds kinda harsh, it's not that bad, but I've read better.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good read i made the mistake of watching the movie first, however, the book was even more exciting then i thought it would be.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting! Exciting story line that keeps you guessing and at the edge of your seat.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Girl on the Train I enjoyed this book immensely. Easy read and very suspenseful!
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense, quick read! Great quick read, thrilling and unexpected.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark! Dark than I imagined. Definitely worth the read, can't wait to see the movie
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An intense page-turner! Hawkins' is truly a master of writing to pique human curiousity. I'd plan to stop at the end of a chapter, but found myself turning to next page because I couldn't help but wonder what was to come. I finished this book in a little over a day because it was such an intense page-turner!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I could not put this book down. It had me intrigued right from the beginning (which can be a feat for me). Without giving away too much information, it kept me intrigued, curious, craving more, and on the edge of my seat with twists and turns.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You gotta read this one! Once you start you cannot wait to turn to the next chapter to see what is going on. Keeps you guessing till the end. I loved it!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite It took me some time to get interested in the book. I felt like the storyline was not moving i.e. most of the book was about a girl who drank her sorrows away and tried to remember what had happened on that tragic evening. I just wanted to get to the end, which ultimately was a good ending. It was just hard to get to it.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read The story was not what I was expecting it to be. The ideas were a little far fetched but overall it was a pretty entertaining read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-20

Read from the Book

RACHELFriday, 5 July 2013MorningTHERE IS A PILE OF clothing on the side of the train tracks. Light-blue cloth – a shirt, perhaps – jumbled up with something dirty white. It’s probably rubbish, part of a load fly-tipped into the scrubby little wood up the bank. It could have been left behind by the engineers who work this part of the track, they’re here often enough. Or it could be something else. My mother used to tell me that I had an overactive imagination; Tom said that too. I can’t help it, I catch sight of these discarded scraps, a dirty T-shirt or a lonesome shoe, and all I can think of is the other shoe, and the feet that fitted into them.The train jolts and scrapes and screeches back into motion, the little pile of clothes disappears from view and we trundle on towards London, moving at a brisk jogger’s pace. Someone in the seat behind me gives a sigh of helpless irritation; the 8.04 slow train from Ashbury to Euston can test the patience of the most seasoned commuter. The journey is supposed to take fifty-four minutes, but it rarely does: this section of the track is ancient, decrepit, beset with signalling problems and never-ending engineering works. The train crawls along; it judders past warehouses and water towers, bridges and sheds, past modest Victorian houses, their backs turned squarely to the track.My head leaning against the carriage window, I watch these houses roll past me like a tracking shot in a film. I see them as others do not; even their owners probably don’t see them from  this perspective.Twice a day, I am offered a view into other lives, just for a moment. There’s something comforting about the sight  of strangers safe at home.Someone’s phone is ringing, an incongruously joyful and upbeat song. They’re slow to answer, it jingles on and on around me. I can feel my fellow commuters shift in their seats, rustle their newspapers, tap at their computers. The train lurches and sways around the bend, slowing as it approaches a red signal. I try not to look up, I try to read the free newspaper I was handed on my way into the station, but the words blur in front of my eyes, nothing holds my interest. In my head I can still see that little pile of clothes lying at the edge of the track, abandoned.Evening The pre-mixed gin and tonic fizzes up over the lip of the can as I bring it to my mouth and sip. Tangy and cold, the taste of my first ever holiday with Tom, a fishing village on the Basque coast in 2005. In the mornings we’d swim the half-mile to the little island in the bay, make love on secret hidden beaches; in the afternoons we’d sit at a bar drinking strong, bitter gin and tonics, watching swarms of beach footballers playing chaotic 25-a-side games on the low-tide sands.I take another sip, and another; the can’s already half empty but it’s OK, I have three more in the plastic bag at my feet. It’s Friday, so I don’t have to feel guilty about drinking on the train. TGIF. The fun starts here.It’s going to be a lovely weekend, that’s what they’re telling us. Beautiful sunshine, cloudless skies. In the old days we might have driven to Corly Wood with a picnic and the papers, spent all afternoon lying on a blanket in dappled sunlight, drinking wine. We might have barbecued out back with friends, or gone to the Rose and sat in the beer garden, faces flushing with sun and alcohol as the afternoon went on, weaving home, arm in arm, falling asleep on the sofa.Beautiful sunshine, cloudless skies, no one to play with, nothing to do. Living like this, the way I’m living at the moment, is harder in the summer when there is so much daylight, so little cover of darkness, when everyone is out and about, being flagrantly, aggressively happy. It’s exhausting, and it makes you feel bad if you’re not joining in.The weekend stretches out ahead of me, forty-eight empty hours to fill. I lift the can to my mouth again, but there’s not a drop left.Monday, 8 July 2013MorningIt’s a relief to be back on the 8.04. It’s not that I can’t wait to get into London to start my week – I don’t particularly want to be in London at all. I just want to lean back in the soft, sagging velour seat, feel the warmth of the sunshine streaming through the window, feel the carriage rock back and forth and back and forth, the comforting rhythm of wheels on tracks. I’d rather be here, looking out at the houses beside the track, than almost anywhere else.There’s a faulty signal on this line, about halfway through my journey. I assume it must be faulty, in any case, because it’s almost always red; we stop there most days, sometimes just for a few seconds, sometimes for minutes on end. If I sit in carriage D, which I usually do, and the train stops at this signal, which it almost always does, I have a perfect view into my favourite trackside house: number fifteen.Number fifteen is much like the other houses along this stretch of track: a Victorian semi, two storeys high, overlooking a narrow, well-tended garden which runs around twenty feet down towards some fencing, beyond which lie a few metres of no man’s land before you get to the railway track. I know this house by heart. I know every brick, I know the colour of the curtains in the upstairs bedroom (beige, with a dark-blue print), I know that the paint is peeling off the bathroom window frame and that there are four tiles missing from a section of the roof over on the right-hand side. I know that on warm summer evenings, the occupants of this house, Jason and Jess, sometimes climb out of the large sash window to sit on the makeshift terrace on top of the kitchen extension roof. They are a perfect, golden couple. He is dark haired and well built, strong, protective, kind. He has a great laugh. She is one of those tiny bird-women, a beauty, pale-skinned with blonde hair cropped short. She has the bone structure to carry that kind of thing off, sharp cheekbones dappled with a sprinkling of freckles, a fine jaw.While we’re stuck at the red signal, I look for them. Jess is often out there in the mornings, especially in the summer, drinking her coffee. Sometimes, when I see her there, I feel as though she sees me too, I feel as though she looks right back at me, and I want to wave. I’m too self-conscious. I don’t see Jason quite so much, he’s away a lot with work. But even if they’re not there, I think about what they might be up to. Maybe this morning they’ve both got the day off and she’s lying in bed while he makes breakfast, or maybe they’ve gone for a run together, because that’s the sort of thing they do. (Tom and I used to run together on Sundays, me going at slightly above my normal pace, him at about half his, just so we could run side by side). Maybe Jess is upstairs in the spare room, painting, or maybe they’re in the shower together, her hands pressed against the tiles, his hands on her hips.EveningTurning slightly towards the window, my back to the rest of the carriage, I open one of the little bottles of Chenin Blanc I purchased from the Whistlestop at Euston. It’s not cold, but it’lldo. I pour some into a plastic cup, screw the top back on and slip the bottle into my handbag. It’s less acceptable to drink on the train on a Monday, unless you’re drinking with company, which I am not.There are familiar faces on these trains, people I see every week, going to and fro. I recognize them and they probably recognize me. I don’t know whether they see me, though, for what I really am.It’s a glorious evening, warm but not too close, the sun starting its lazy descent, shadows lengthening and the light just beginning to burnish the trees with gold. The train is rattling along, we whip past Jason and Jess’s place, they pass in a blur of evening sunshine. Sometimes, not often, I can see them from this side of the track. If here’s no train going in the opposite direction, and if we’re travelling slowly enough, I can sometimes catch a glimpse of them out on their terrace. If not – like today – I can imagine them. Jess willbe sitting with her feet up on the table out on the terrace, a glass of wine in her hand, Jason standing behind her, his hands on her shoulders. I can imagine the feel of his hands, the weight of them, reassuring and protective. Sometimes I catch myself trying to remember the last time I had meaningful physical contact with another person, just a hug or a heartfelt squeeze of my hand, and my heart twitches.Tuesday, 9 July 2013MorningThe pile of clothes from last week is still there, and it looks dustier and more forlorn than it did a few days ago. I read somewhere that a train can rip the clothes right off you when it hits. It’s not that unusual, death by train. Two to three hundred a year, they say, so at least one every couple of days. I’m not sure how many of those are accidental. I look carefully, as the train rolls slowly past, for blood on the clothes, but I can’t see any.The train stops at the signal as usual. I can see Jess standing on the patio in front of the French doors. She’s wearing a bright print dress, her feet are bare. She’s looking over her shoulder, back into the house; she’s probably talking to Jason, who’ll be making breakfast. I keep my eyes fixed on Jess, on her home, as the train starts to inch forward. I don’t want to see the other houses; I particularly don’t want to see the one four doors down, the one which used to be mine.I lived at number twenty-three Blenheim Road for five years, blissfully happy and utterly wretched. I can’t look at it now. That was my first home. Not my parents’ place, not a flatshare with other students, my first home. I can’t bear to look at it. Well, I can, I do, I want to, I don’t want to, I try not to. Every day I tell myself not to look, and every day I look. I can’t help myself, even though there is nothing I want to see there, even though anything I do see will hurt me. Even though I remember so clearly how it felt that time I looked up and noticed that the cream linen blind in the upstairs bedroom was gone, replaced by something in soft baby pink; even though I still remember the pain I felt when I saw Anna watering the rose bushes near the fence, her T-shirt stretched tight over her bulging belly, and I bit my lip so hard it bled.I close my eyes tightly and count to ten, fifteen, twenty. There, it’s gone now, nothing to see. We roll into Witney station and out again, the train starting to pick up pace as suburbia melts into grimy north London, terraced houses replaced by tagged bridges and empty buildings with broken windows. The closer we get to Euston the more anxious I feel; pressure builds, how will today be? There’s a filthy, low-slung concrete building on the right-hand side of the track about five hundred metres before we get into Euston. On its side, someone has painted: LIFE IS NOT A PARAGRAPH. I think about the bundle of clothes on the side of the track and I feel as though my throat is closing up. Life is not a paragraph and death is no parenthesis.EveningThe train I take in the evening, the 17.56, is slightly slower than the morning one – it takes one hour and one minute, a full seven minutes longer than the morning train despite not stopping at any extra stations. I don’t mind, because just as I’m in no great hurry to get into London in the morning, I’m in no hurry to get back to Ashbury in the evening either. Not just because it’s Ashbury, although the place itself is bad enough, a 1960s new town, spreadinglike a tumour over the heart of Buckinghamshire. No better or worse than a dozen other towns like it, a centre filled with cafés and mobile-phone shops and branches of JD Sports, surrounded by a band of suburbia and beyond that the realm of the multiplex cinema and out-of-town Tesco. I live in a smart(ish), new(ish) block situated at the point where the commercial heart of the place starts to bleed into the residential outskirts, but it is not myhome. My home is the Victorian semi on the tracks, the one I partowned. In Ashbury I am not a homeowner, not even a tenant – I’m a lodger, occupant of the small second bedroom in Cathy’s bland and inoffensive duplex, subject to her grace and favour.Cathy and I were friends at university. Half-friends, really, we were never that close. She lived across the hall from me in my first year and we were both doing the same course, so we were natural allies in those first few daunting weeks, before we met people with whom we had more in common. We didn’t see much of each other after the first year and barely at all after college, except for the occasional wedding. But in my hour of need she happened to have a spare room going and it made sense. I was so sure that it would only be for a couple of months, six at the most, and I didn’t know what else to do. I’d never lived by myself, I’dgone from parents to flatmates to Tom, I found the idea overwhelming, so I said yes. And that was nearly two years ago.It’s not awful. Cathy’s a nice person, in a forceful sort of way. She makes you notice her niceness. Her niceness is writ large, it is her defining quality and she needs it acknowledged, often, daily almost, which can be tiring. But it’s not so bad, I can think of worse traits in a flatmate. No, it’s not Cathy, it’s not even Ashbury that bothers me most about my new situation (I still think of it as new, although it’s been two years). It’s the loss of control. InCathy’s flat I always feel like a guest at the very outer limit of their welcome. I feel it in the kitchen, where we jostle for space when cooking our evening meals. I feel it when I sit beside her on the sofa, the remote control firmly within her grasp. The only space which feels like mine is my tiny bedroom, into which a double bed and a desk have been crammed, with barely enough space to walk between them. It’s comfortable enough, but it isn’t a placeyou want to be, so instead I linger in the living room or at the kitchen table, ill at ease and powerless. I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.Wednesday, 10 July 2013MorningThe heat is building. It’s barely half past eight and already the day is close, the air heavy with moisture. I could wish for a storm, but the sky is an insolent blank, pale, watery blue. I wipe away the sweat on my top lip. I wish I’d remembered to buy a bottle of water. I can’t see Jason and Jess this morning, and my sense of disappointment is acute. Silly, I know. I scrutinize the house, but there’s nothing to see. The curtains are open downstairs but the French doors are closed, sunlight reflecting off the glass. The sash window upstairs is closed, too. Jason may be away working. He’s a doctor, I think, probably for one of those overseas organizations. He’s constantly on call, a bag packed on top of the wardrobe; there’s an earthquake in Iran or a tsumani in Asia and he drops everything, he grabs his bag and he’s at Heathrow within a matter of hours, ready to fly out and save lives.Jess, with her bold prints and her Converse trainers and her beauty, her attitude, works in the fashion industry. Or perhaps in the music business, or in advertising – she might be a stylist or a photographer. She’s a good painter, too, plenty of artistic flair. I can see her now, in the spare room upstairs, music blaring, window open, a brush in her hand, an enormous canvas leaning against the wall. She’ll be there until midnight; Jason knows not to bother her when she’s working.I can’t really see her, of course. I don’t know if she paints, or whether Jason has a great laugh, or whether Jess has beautiful cheekbones. I can’t see her bone structure from here and I’ve never heard Jason’s voice. I’ve never seen them up close, they didn’t live at that house when I lived down the road. They moved in after I left two years ago, I don’t know when exactly. I suppose I started noticing them about a year ago, and gradually, as the months went past, they became important to me.I don’t know their names either, so I had to name them myself. Jason, because he’s handsome in a British film star kind of way, not a Depp or a Pitt, but a Firth, or a Jason Isaacs. And Jess just goes with Jason, and it goes with her. It fits her, pretty and carefreeas she is. They’re a match, they’re a set. They’re happy, I can tell. They’re what I used to be, they’re Tom and me, five years ago. They’re what I lost, they’re everything I want to be.

Bookclub Guide

   1.  We all do it—actively watch life around us. In this way, with her own voyeuristic curiosity, Rachel Watson is not so unusual. What do you think accounts for this nosey, all-too-human impulse? Is it more extreme in Rachel than in the average person? What is so different about her?    2.  How would you have reacted if you’d seen what Rachel did from her train window—a pile of clothes—just before the rumored disappearance of Megan Hipwell? What might you or she have done differently?    3.  In both Rachel Watson’s and Megan Hipwell’s marriages, deep secrets are kept from the husbands. Are these marriages unusual or even extreme in this way? Consider how many relationships rely on half-truths? Is it ever necessary or justifiable to lie to someone you love? How much is too much to hide from a partner?    4.  What about the lies the characters tell to themselves? In what ways is Rachel lying to herself? Do all people tell themselves lies to some degree in order to move on with their lives? Is what Rachel (or any of the other characters) is doing any different from that? How do her lies ultimately affect her and the people around her?    5.  A crucial question in The Girl on the Train is how much Rachel Watson can trust her own memory. How reliable are her observations? Yet since the relationship between truth and memory is often a slippery one, how objective or “true” can a memory, by definition, really be? Can memory lie? If so, what factors might influence it? Consider examples from the book.    6.  One of Rachel’s deepest disappointments, it turns out, is that she can’t have children. Her ex-husband Tom’s second wife Anna is the mother to a young child, Evie. How does Rachel’s inability to conceive precipitate her breakdown? How does the topic of motherhood drive the plot of the story? What do you think Paula Hawkins was trying to say about the ways motherhood can define women’s lives or what we expect from women’s domestic lives, whether as wives, mothers, or unmarried women in general?    7.  Think about trust in The Girl on the Train. Who trusts whom? Who is deserving of trust? Is Rachel Watson a very trustworthy person? Why or why not? Who appears trustworthy and is actually not? What are the skills we use to make the decision about whether to trust someone we don’t know well?    8.  Other characters in the novel make different assumptions about Rachel Watson depending on how or even where they see her. To a certain extent, she understands this and often tries to manipulate their assumptions—by appearing to be a commuter, for instance, going to work every day. Is she successful? To what degree did you make assumptions about Rachel early on based on the facts and appearances you were presented? How did those change over time and why? How did your assumptions about her affect your reading of the central mystery in the book? Did your assumptions about her change over its course? What other characters did you make assumptions about? How did your assumptions affect your interpretation of the plot? Having now finished The Girl on the Train, what surprised you the most?

Editorial Reviews

#1 Globe and Mail BestsellerA New York Times Top Book of 2015A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2015An NPR Best Book of 2015 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A Guardian Best Book of the Year A Toronto Star Book of the YearA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year  "Fans of Gillian Flynn's books will probably like this one too. I know I did. . . . It's a strong story, with a great sense of time and place, and one that had me from start to finish." —George R. R. Martin, award-winning author of A Game of Thrones“There are a lot of books promising the same chills and twists as Gone Girl; this is the first novel I’ve read that has them. Paula Hawkins’s debut is full of the same brilliant characterization and clever plotting that keeps readers wondering.” ―The Globe and Mail“[Hawkins] demonstrates a particular skill with the slow revelation of character. . . . each voice is distinctive and unguarded. . . . [Hawkins has] grace and skill with character revelation. . . . [C]areful twists and turns.” ―National Post “Send in the blizzards, because nothing as mundane as work, school or walking the dog should distract you from this debut thriller. . . . A natural fit for fans of Gone Girl-style unreliable narrators and twisty, fast-moving plots, The Girl on the Train will have you racing through the pages.” ―Huffington Post “[A] really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night.” ―Stephen King (via Twitter)   “The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl . . .  liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times   “There’s nothing like a possible murder to take the humdrum out of your daily commute.” —Cosmopolitan   “Perfectly paced, from its arresting beginning to its twist ending; it’s not an easy book to put down . . . excellent . . . gripping.” —NPR   “Compulsive reading.”—Marie Claire   “[A] psychologically astute debut. . . . The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying as a train wreck and just as riveting.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review   “[The Girl on the Train] pulls off a thriller’s toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn’t see coming.”  ―Entertainment Weekly   “Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller. . . . Hawkins’s debut ends with a twist that no one—least of all its victims—could have seen coming.” ―People   “A natural fit for fans of Gone Girl-style unreliable narrators and twisty, fast-moving plots, The Girl on the Train will have you racing through the pages.” —   “The Girl on the Train marries movie noir with novelistic trickery . . . hang on tight. You’ll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.” —USA Today   “Given the number of titles that are declared to be ‘the next’ of a bestseller . . . book fans have every right to be wary. But Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train just might have earned the title of ‘the next Gone Girl.’” —Christian Science Monitor   “[A] chilling, assured debut, in which the line between truth and lie constantly shifts like the rocking of a train. . . . Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession’s inescapable links to violence.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review   “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    “Compulsively readable. . . . It actually hurt to put it down.” ―JOY FIELDING, New York Times–bestselling author of Now You See Her   “The pace and tension of the plot never jump the track. This novel will leave you as breathless as a ride on the new, high-speed commuter train in London.” ―ROBERTA RICH, author of the #1 national bestseller The Midwife of Venice   “Gripping, enthralling—a top notch thriller and a compulsive read.” ―S.J. WATSON, New York Times–bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep   “The Girl on the Train is so thrilling and tense and wildly unpredictable, it sucked up my entire afternoon. I simply could not put it down.” ―TESS GERRITSEN, New York Times–bestselling author   “What a group of characters, what a situation, what a book! It’s Alfred Hitchcock for a new generation and a new era.” ―TERRY HAYES, author of I Am Pilgrim   “Hawkins keeps the tension ratcheted high in this thoroughly engrossing tale of intersecting strangers and intimate betrayals. Kept me guessing until the very end.” ―LISA GARDNER, #1 New York Times–bestselling author   “Artfully crafted and utterly riveting. The Girl on the Train’s clever structure and expert pacing will keep you perched on the edge of your seat, but it's Hawkins’ deft, empathetic characterization that will leave you pondering this harrowing, thought-provoking story about the power of memory and the danger of envy.” ―KIMBERLY MCCREIGHT, New York Times–bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia “[A] psychologically astute debut. . . . The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying as a train wreck and just as riveting.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Desperate to find lives more fulfilling than her own, a lonely London commuter imagines the story of a couple she’s only glimpsed through the train window in Hawkins’ chilling, assured debut, in which the line between truth and lie constantly shifts like the rocking of a train. . . . Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession’s inescapable links to violence.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review'A thriller that grabs you from the first page and takes you on a high speed ride full of twists and turns. Gazing out of the train window will never be the same again!'  —Colette McBeth, author of Precious Thing and the forthcoming The Life I Left Behind“Like most Londoners, Paula Hawkins became very familiar with the daily commute. But unlike most passengers, she has turned her experiences of being on a packed train, gazing idly out of the window at the back of houses, into a terrific psychological thriller. . . . I can safely predict this impressive, accomplished thriller will be everywhere—look out for it on your daily commute.” —The Bookseller“The pace and tension of the plot never jump the track. This novel will leave you as breathless as a ride on the new, high-speed commuter train in London.” —Roberta Rich, author of the international bestseller THE MIDWIFE OF VENICE "What a group of characters, what a situation, what a book! It's Alfred Hitchcock for a new generation and a new era."—Terry Hayes“Gripping, enthralling--a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read.” —S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep “Clever and compelling. Hawkins keeps the tension ratcheted high in this thoroughly engrossing tale of intersecting strangers and intimate betrayals. Kept me guessing until the very end!’ —Lisa Gardner, author of Fear Nothing “This is unputdownable. . . . A fast, clever thriller with a flawed, entertaining heroine.” —Paula Daly, author of Keep Your Friends Close‘The Girl on the Train was so thrilling and tense and wildly unpredictable, it sucked up my entire afternoon. I simply could not put it down. Not to be missed!’ —Tess Gerritsen