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The Girl On The Train

byPaula Hawkins

Paperback | January 6, 2015

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Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this #1 New York Times bestselling psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.
     Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?
     Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.
     Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan's body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.
     A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.
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.
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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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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! Very suspenseful and very well-written! Character and plot development is very interesting!
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK I liked it overall but with all the back and forth it was hard to follow.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Way over-hyped The title of my review says it all. This book got way too much hype. Sure, there was suspense, but the story and characters just didn't seem real to me. I'm not sure why this book was "THE" book for a while.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely wonderful This book was not only well written but its got a great story line to it. A quick read but very interesting.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read This was a good book that kept me interested all the way through. Aside from being a good story it makes you curious about what you're seeing when you look around you, as well as whether others are getting glimpses into your life as they pass. I hope the movie does the book justice.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gripping Emily Blunt really brought this story to life!
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun This was a really fun read about peaking into the lives of others. Not much of a murder mystery reader but this one was great. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner! I loved this read. Twists and turns kept me turning the pages and trying to figure out what could possibly be going on here. Just when you think you know you will see that really you have no idea.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the Suspense I wasn't too sure what I'd think of this book, when a family member recommended it to me (we don't really have the same tastes in books). I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this & couldn't predict how it was going to end. I hate it when books/ movies are predictable, but not this one!
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this!!! I literally could not put this down, so many twists and turns to keep your attention.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! Such a good book, I finished it very quickly because I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. Fairly easy read. Good mystery. WAY better than the movie. I bought this book and then lent it to 3 other people who all loved it.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Let down I was super keen to read this. I had a huge list ahead of this to read but just finished it. I was rather let down after reading so many spectacular reviews and friends saying how much they enjoyed it. I didn't get into the characters and the story was really not overly developed. If you find this book in a second hand shop or passed on from a friend, read it, but it's not worth buying new. Not a book I will ever reread.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK THe book was better than the movie. Don't even bother watching the movie, it was horribly made.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Better than the movie. Super good read, and pleasantly surprising considering I generally don't read mystery/thriller books. I enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book! This book was great! It was really suspenseful! I don't normally read this type of book, but I am happy that I decided to. While reading it with all the twists and turns of the plot I felt like I was in a movie with the feelings that it gave me!
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Started my love for mystery/thriller books I loved this book. I could not put it down. In the beginning I thought it was confusing going back and forth between characters but overall this book made me want to keep reading this genre.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down I originally bought this book randomly and I'm so glad that I did! It was so hard not to put down! Book definitely was better than the movie for sure but still a favourite of mine.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED I absolutely loved this book. It was suspenseful, clever, spooky and scary. I can't wait to watch the movie, although I'm sure it won't be as good.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read The book is absolutely so much better than the movie. The main character is portrayed as being pretty crazy but by the last few chapters you really are on her side completely. The book is addicting and very hard to put down until you find out the ending and then you end up all pumped up with it! Totally worth the read!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book, wasn't in love. This book was good but I didn't find it as great as others did. I often look to thrillers to be surprised by what happens next but for some reason I predicted this one from the beginning.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great story I've read this book a couple times now and I still get chills when I read it. Very good book. mysterious and thrilling
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from this book was a very good book i read this book on monday night and i was done it on tuesday afternoon and it was a very good book to read i think all the people in the book were great as well but over all very good book to read if you like thriller books
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from riveting This book just keeps you on your toes the whole time. It had me thinking of so many different outcomes and it was the least expected and most amazing ending. I loved how it kept twisting the story to make you think one thing but it was another. The lay out and the way the book was written was just amazing by far.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the hype is real. The main character will annoy you, but you will cheer her on at the same time. The book is better than the movie. If you don't know which one to start with, choose the book.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great thriller Great story line, well written and hard to put down. It kept me on the hook until the very end. Highly recommend if you like thriller/drama.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great thriller suspenseful and exciting A great suspenseful and exciting novel. Rachel takes the same train every day same route albeit foggy. She's fragile and weak. She deals with what life dealt her only way she knows how. Such a delicate sad situation. She's thrown into some sort of mystery she happens to notice with the people involved she is not to be in contact with said people her ex husband his new wife and a newborn baby whom now live in the home she once lived. She knows she knows something the only problem is who will believe her given her state of mind. Great thriller with quite the twist!!! I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting I couldn't put the book down. The main character is the kind of person you want to love despite their flaws. The storyline develops so well.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved!! Loved this book, I would deff recommend. I did not want to put the book down.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much better than the movie! But books almost always are... I enjoyed Paula Hawkins novel...I kept guessing what would happen and then about halfway through, the things I was thinking started happening, but the end, OMG! Between Rachel's alcohol induced blackouts, Anna's fragile state of mind and Megan's general dissatisfaction with life, I was kept on my toes and guessing what the specifics of various situation were until the very end. Fantastic fast paced read and I can't wait to peruse her next book :-)
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WAY better than the movie! Thoroughly enjoyed this read; suspenseful, exciting, mysterious and kept me on my toes til the very end!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Good read. Wanted to keep reading it and not put it down
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A romantic mystery read A slowly mounting mystery with a twist. Not the most complex, but enough human interest - heartbreak, depression, alcoholism, romance, obsession - to keep it interesting. Haven't seen the movie yet and suspect it might play out better than the book.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Plot twist indeed Honestly, I got kind of bored in the beginning.. kind of a slow climax but I did enjoy the plot twist.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated I don't understand how people can relate this novel to Gone Girl, as it is neither suspenseful not thrilling. Although it is a quick read, and the beginning of the story was intriguing, the characters are so bland and the punch at the end was not mind-blowing. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plot Twist Was definitely hard to get into but I'm glad I stuck with it! It had a brilliant ending. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Found it somewhat dry at times.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Preferred the book over the movie...great read!!
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So intriguing!! I read the book before watching the movie and the book was a million times better, the movie didn't do it justice!! If you've already seen the movie, I'd recommend going back and reading the book. It'll have you hooked from the start!
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing book. A little slow starting although I could not put it down. Kept me guessing the outcome until the very end
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful and Great! Amazing book, me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book! WAY better than the movie!
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Girl on the Train It was a quick fast paced read. I enjoyed it overall even though the ending was predictable.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting book I bought this as one of my summer books. I couldn't put it down it was so good. Certainly preferred the book over the movie!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I really liked this book, it was a fast read that moved really quickly. It took a little bit to get use to the back and forth... and there were a couple inconsistencies, but I really liked it,.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from UNREAL! This was my favorite book I picked up in a while. It pulls you into the story and you can't put it down. Her style of writing makes you want to read "just one more chapter".
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Read of the Summer. I've read 14 books so far this summer. This is by far my favourite book. I can't explain why but it kept me interested and wanting to know what happens next. Could not put this book down. (My average reading rate is 5 days per book, finished this book in 2 days.)
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't get the hype I picked this up at a garage sale and still feel ripped off. The lady who sold it to me never got through it and neither did I.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from suspenseful summer read The book kept me interested and turning the pages although I found the main character difficult to relate to.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great summer read I made the mistake of watching the movie first. Overall a good read.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Couldn't put it down until I got to the end! Great read!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book, Overall Exciting "The Girl on the Train" is a thrilling read that captures the attention of the reader from the first chapter. The way it is told from different perspectives and shows the ugliness of marriage will make the story feel as if nothing was left out. There are unexpected twists in the book and the stories of Rachel, Meg and Anna are very interesting.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great summer read! I'm so glad that I read this book before watching the movie, because it didn't do it justice. I it was a really good quick read for the beach that had some depth to it.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was OK I found this novel to be quite slow and not as exciting as it was made out to be. That being said, there were some unexpected turn of events that was really engaging and suspenseful.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK book I was excited to get this as a gift because I heard a lot of good things about it. It started off pretty good but it went down hill. Felt like I was reading forever and getting on answers. I finished the book and the ending wasn't even that good.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging Read A highly enjoyable read that's engaging and unpredictable. Love this thriller.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing It hadn't me from beginning to end. A great book to have on my shelf!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captures your attention from page 1 This was a fantastic read that everyone should have the chance to indulge in. I was truly sold from the first page of the book and did not want to put this down until I finished it.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I was so excited to get in to this after hearing all the hype! However when I read it through, I found it somewhat underwhelming. There were thrilling parts, and the climax of the story was alright, but I just didn't really understand what the big fuss was about. I think it's good for a quick read if you're looking for something a bit thrilling but not too scary.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Put it Down Didn't finish, not as gripping as Gillian Flynn
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous What a sweet little story, I would recommend this to all my friends. I really enjoyed reading this book. What an inspiring book, kudos to the author. I love these types of books, they are so full of life. Wonderfully written, it was a pleasure to read. Wish there were more books like these.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I was really excited to read this, it was good and kept me intrigued for a while but wasn't my favorite.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this read There were many twists throughout the chapters that kept me on edge while reading. There were some slow moments, but as a whole the text was very interesting and enjoyable to read. Would definitely read again.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but... ...I don't get all the buzz around this book. It is just an average thriller.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Girl On The Train This is a terrible book and I can't understand why it got such good reviews. I couldn't even finish it, I just skipped parts to read the end which was very predictable.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! Read it recently as I wanted to read it before watching the movie. It was a quick read and very addicting! I wasn't expecting the ending.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plot Twists!! I really enjoyed this book! The plot twists were fantastic and left me on the edge of my seat. I had trouble putting the book down at some parts. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good read I really enjoyed this book. It held my attention and kept me guessing throughout.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope couldn't do it. I could not get through this book fast enough - not because it was that good but because it was that bad that I just wanted it to be over already!!! The writing was good but the characters just became so frustrating - which if Paula Hawkins was going for, she did a great job. I can't say more without putting a spoiler alert but the book was a terrible as the movie with just a predictable ending that was a left down.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from All right, but did not live up to the hype It wasn't a bad book, but I really didn't feel invested in the characters at any point, and it got a little predictable.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read Overall, I thought this book was entertaining. I enjoyed the darker storyline of this novel and would recommend it to those who enjoy psychological-thriller type content.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read Overall, I thought this book was entertaining. I enjoyed the darker storyline of this novel and would recommend it to those who enjoy psychological-thriller type content.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I don't understand the hype The writing was terrible, the ending predictable (yet was supposed to be a huge plot twist?). I couldn't stand the protagonist. SO MUCH NO.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The ending is intense! The book kept me intrigued the entire time, but as I was nearing the end everything seemed to come together with an intense wrap up. If you prefer thrillers, this book is highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The ending is intense! The book kept me intrigued the entire time, but as I was nearing the end everything seemed to come together with an intense wrap up. If you prefer thrillers, this book is highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good enough Good enough to earn a 4 stars. Not so much what I was expecting but it is still worth your time.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining but predictable... Though I did enjoy this book, I did find it a little predictable. It was well written, and you really did get to know the main character and understand her struggles, I wish the plot had been a little more clever; at least that's what I was expecting. But I have recommended it to others, and it's worth a read
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from All is all the hype about? The book got praise reviews, after I finished it, I couldn't understand why. It was enjoyable for some part, but overall not enough.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling! this book was a real page turner!
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not love the writing I felt that it was pretty hard to get into. The writing was choppy and I was bored. It was also very slow paced and I gave up on the book several times because I could get back into it and finally finish it. Definitely a unique read, which explains all the media attention and the plot twist was not predictable. I always enjoy psychological thrillers, but this is not the best.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling This book was a real page turner. It always had me guessing and was very unexpected!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great good suspenseful book though the ending was not amazing
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than expected! This book is FANTASTIC! It completely surpassed my expectations - I couldn't put it down! The story is very well written, and easy to follow, even though the story is being told from three different perspectives. It kept me at the edge of my seat - suspenseful with a surprise ending. This will be one I will read again and again.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from hard time getting into this found it slow but then end twist was great.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A WORTHY THRILLER "The Girl on the Train" is truly one of those thrillers that are actually worth the read and very very gripping and unpredictable!
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My first thriller The Girl on the Train was my first thriller, and it was recommended to me by two friends who had read it. So I gave it a try; and though I enjoyed it, it was quite slow paced and I found it difficult to get interested. I will admit that the one thing I did like was the unreliable marrator that the main character was, but the plot seemed quite generic. But overall decent read.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started slow, but worth a read I had a hard time getting into this book but once it picked up the story got really interesting and the twist ending was unexpected. A good, easy summer read.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad With all the hype around this book, was quite disappointed in it. Too many plot holes that left me with a slightly dissatisfied feeling when I was done. If you don't mind unanswered questions then you will love it as it was definitely entertaining.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Slow This slow is very slow to get the point. It dragged and was hard to follow. I don't believe the ending was worth the time invested in reading this book
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I loved this book so much!! Read it in 2 days because I was so hooked!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read! This book had so many cliffhangers that i flew through it! Wasn't a fan of the main character, but would recommend!
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me guessing Great read! This book was a real page turner and kept me guessing as to what was going to happen next or who was to blame!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Good book but slow beginning.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!! This book reels you in right away! It was so intriguing, well written and I didn't want to put it down!! Would highly recommend :)
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just okay On the one hand, this was good summer reading because it's fast and easy. On the other hand, the ending seemed totally implausible and the characters all seemed shallow in their development. And I can think of other thrillers that I've read in recent memory that do a better job of building suspense. This book just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great loved the book.real thriller.so much better than the movie which I saw after.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome! great twist, captivating and enjoyable
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Summer Read As an adult in my early 20's I've just made the transition from teenage, science fiction and romance to looking for something more mature that also kept my attention within the book. My friend recommended this book, and at first, I was highly skeptical as I was never really intrigued by mystery and suspense novels before. This book was eye-opening and utterly fantastic keeping me engaged and second guessing myself the entire time. I couldn't put the book down until I was finished reading cover to cover. This book is an easy to follow read with perfect imagery and suspense to keep you on your toes throughout the entire novel. I highly recommend this book to fans of mystery and suspense as well as those wanting to dip their toes into a new genre. I am now hooked on mystery and suspense books as well as this author!
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Not great writing by any means, but it does in a pinch. I read this when I was traveling in Nunavut and didn't have access to anything else. It was a page turner, but only because it was literally the only thing I had access to. If I had read it when at home, I would have dropped it after the first few pages.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read This is a thriller with many twists and turns. Read it before you watch the movie! Highly recommend for a quick summer read at the cottage. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book for a rainny day. I loved this book! Hard to put this book down. The story line might be hard to follow at times because it jumps from present to past and back again. Some of the story was predictable but that doesn't take away from the story.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read A great addition to any suspense lovers collection! Such a fun ad interesting read.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The train goes real slow I honestly couldn't get into this book. When I finished it I felt like I had wasted so much time. Its so slow going, rather boring.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! This book lived up to the hype. I raced breathlessly to the end, and it was worth it. A must read!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book I loved this book! It was so interesting written from everyone's different point of views. The book was so much better than the movie and there was a supper interesting twist at the end. Can't wait to read her new book.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was okay, but I don't think it deserves the wide recognition that it has received.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just average Nothing special, and a little predictable. But still an enjoyable quick read.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Kept you guessing, it was easy to get hooked.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl On The Train I enjoyed this thriller and can see why it was made into a movie. It had the right amount of unpredictability.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I loved this book, I thought it was realistically playful and dangerous. I also felt the emotions with the characters while being pleasantly surprised by the plot twists
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read One of those books that's hard to put down. It's suspenseful, with a lot of twists and turns along the way.This is a great summer read.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspenseful! Fantastic book. I couldn't put it down - I needed to know what was going to happen! So much better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read I enjoyed everything about this book. Highly recommend #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This book kept me guessing til the very end. I loved it!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, easy read No highly complex thinking in this book, but it was a great read! I couldn't put it down until it was done. Good writing (though sometimes inconsistent in reference to character building) however, well worth it for a bit of escapism. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Couldn't put this book down I stayed up all night to finish it!! An amazing story line!!
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome!! As I'd hoped, the book was WAY better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected! Very good! Kept me on my toes. I would certainly call it unputdownable. It deserves the hype. I will admit though, the style of writing took me a solid 100 pages to get used to!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read! This novel was highly recommended so I decided to give it a try. It was a good, suspenseful read, but not as gripping as I had hoped. That being said, in my opinion, the book was definitely a lot better than the movie and worth a try if you enjoy mystery & suspense novels.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I bought it a while ago and absolutely loved it. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it My only regret is watching the movie before reading the novel, the movie just didn't do it justice. Very well written book.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a page turner I haven't read a good page turner like this in a really long time. I could not put the book down. This book was not only filled with thrill and suspense, but Paula Hawkins made you feel like you were on the train. AMAZING READ!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable read, kept me on my toes My pick for a summer read. The story is told in the point of view of each character, the killer is not at all who I expected it to be, the ending is a surprise and a shock, I like it when books have surprise endings and are not so predictable. The book will have you trying to guess who the killer is and you'll probably be wrong.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Novel This novel has some a good plot twist, couldn't put the book down
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy and enjoyable read A great easy read story if you are a hard core reader, it was a great break and i would read it again
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The girl on the train Wasn't my favorite book however, it did keep me interested at times.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book Amazing story & very unexpected ending. A must read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was so excited to read this book because of all of the reviews I found saying how great it was. I found myself struggling to finish it because I found the middle of the book to be a bit boring. The ending was good and not expected.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected ending ! Definitely a good read! The different perspectives set a good mood for the tone of the book. Lead the readers in one direction but the ending was not expected. Very similar to the book Gone Girl but had its own added elements. Took a while for the story to pick up was fairly slow in the beginning but the last two-thirds of the book were definitely exhilarating! Worth the read, and the movie doesnt do the book justice!!!!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Total Page Turner I loved this book! I have yet to see the movie, but the book had me reeling up until the last few pages. This was not as predictable as many thrillers out there.. it sets a new standard for thrillers!
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just an okay read I wasn't overly impressed by this book but I didn't completely hate it. It was a very slow story line and the middle could have used some more spice. Being a thriller the end picked up speed a bit more towards the end. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping great book keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Reading This is an unusual story written in an interesting perspective. Once the reader is hooked on what the girl on the train saw, it is very hard to put the book down. Definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A good book to read. Was a bit slow starting but turned out really great
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Good read. Full of plot twists
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book The book is so much better than the movie!
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good book BUT ... it is predictable (or at least I found it to be). Nonetheless, it's an interesting read and I did enjoy reading it.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it When I first started reading this, I found the beginning very slow. But as the story went on, I became more interested. It turned out to be a fantastic read! I loved it and the ending was great!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT Great read- really enjoyed it and easy to get into
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a surprise! I got this book when the movie came out as I wanted to read it before seeing it on the big screen. As always, I'm happy I did that! I found the main character a little "pathetic" but that makes the story what it is. I would definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting There was so much hype surrounding this book it was the book to read. It was a gooodnbook but it was not a fantastic book and it was not a thriller I found it predicatable and hard to read at time I enjoyed the movie better. Never the case usually the book is way better but not in this case. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Thriller! It has everything you want in a mystery novel. Interesting main characters and twists throughout.
Date published: 2017-05-05

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.” —Oprah.com   “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