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The Girl On The Train

Paperback | January 6, 2015

byPaula Hawkins

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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 nail-biting, stealthy 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.

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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 nail-biting, stealthy 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 evenin...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.98 × 6.31 × 0.84 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book! Found the plot to be well thought out and not predictable! I really enjoyed her writing style and the way each chapter focused on a different character at a time.
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Much Hype I really wanted to like this book because of all the hype it is receiving but it is no where comparable to Gone Girl. I thought the storyline was very boring, slow, and predictable. The author repeated the storyline and could have taken about 100 pages out of the book and readers wouldn’t have noticed any of the story missing. Not to spoil the ending for anyone, but the corkscrew scene made me instantly drop the book and walk away because it was fruitless, and uncreative. Of course the alcoholic would have to use a corkscrew to kill him! There was a lot of potential for this storyline but the author fell short with delivering it. I would not recommend this book.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Loved it!
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Year on the Best Seller List - WHY? This has to be the most boring book I'v read in a very long time. How it has stayed on the best seller list is a puzzle to me. The writing wasn't anything special and the plot was slightly thin.
Date published: 2016-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed This book had me on edge and couldn't put it down although I was disappointed in the ending.
Date published: 2016-09-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read! I enjoyed this book and found it kept me interested. I really didn't see the ending coming.
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Frustrating and Exciting Read! The entire time I was reading this novel, I was becoming more and more frustrated. An unreliable narrator who rarely made the right choice, but you just can't stop reading and standing up for each of her awful choices. So I give it five stars! Quite the twist, and I pride myself on being able to figure out how these books end, so it was a welcome surprise! If a writer can make me angry, but also NEED to finish the novel, I'd say that's some pretty damn good writing!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I liked how it was written the most, so I look forward to reading more of her work. It is an easy read, I recommend it for people who aren't "big readers" but want to read something exciting. It had me gasping, nervous, confused and everything in between. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! Complex and interesting characters, but an easy read. Hard to put down. Similar to Gone Girl.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too predictable... I was hoping that this would be similar to "Gone Girl," but quickly realized that the author's writing was not comparable to Gillian Flynn's style. Predictable story line of a crazy girl, slightly boring read to be honest.. Could have been better.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, fast read! I enjoyed the read, the author developed the characters well and there weren't too many to lose track of them. A thriller without being too scary, and a twist at the end! Didn't want to put it down, enjoyed every minute! Must read, before the movie comes out. Now I'm excited to see what appears on screen!
Date published: 2016-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It's okay... not terrible... just meh.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book! If you enjoy a suspense than this is a book for you.It might have some elements of "Gone Girl" simply because the book was written in that diary type of format.I liked it because it kept me wondering what is going to happen until very end.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hollywood ending The book is an easy read and you get sunk in the story. I liked the way the book was written. Characters aren't easy to like. Too much of a Hollywood ending.
Date published: 2016-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you like Gone Girl... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, then you'll love the twists and turns of The Girl on the Train. Story was slow to start, but as the plot thickens you become suspicious of every character. Great read!
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read A friend borrowed this book to me and I really enjoyed it. I found myself struggling at times with who I felt sorry for and enjoyed the twists in the story.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good and easy read! Good read however I found the plot predictable.
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This is the perfect book for a day at the beach!
Date published: 2016-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read Outstanding story, hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Summer Read This is an easy book to fall into.
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS BOOK I struggled to get into this book at the start but once I did I fell hard! The writing structure of this book is fantastic, it sets you up for the climatic end perfectly! 100% recommend this read!
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! very well written!!!
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT READ I enjoyed this book very much.
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Summer Read This book had me changing my predictions over and over, I just wanted to be able to guess what happened. But of course...I couldn't.
Date published: 2016-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Somewhat of a slow start, overall a good read.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read Well written with a good pace but still predictable as I was able to guess the ending. Still worth the read!
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth reading It was a quick read that was entertaining. It wasn't a really great book but it had enough entertainment to keep me interested in finding out what would happen.
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I bought this book because it was on the top of Heather's Pick so I trusted that I must be good. It was ok to say at best. I felt that the story dragged on, I pretty much figured out the story line quickly. I felt that it was quite repetitive and the fact the chapters switched from character to character was confusing at first. I would not recommend
Date published: 2016-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Exciting story Exciting story and it had a good pace that makes you want to keep reading. It is well written. I found it hard to like any of the characters though which made the book less enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book Loved this book. lots of suspense and who di it!
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting :) I love this book so much! I am 16 and i loved it and my mom is 37 and she loved it too so it really have a age varity. It kept me on my toes and spun around at the end. A great mystery
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Reading (*Warning: may contain spoilers*) It's a good novel, except that some plots are bit conflictive and inconsistent. The arch-criminal can be predicted by the end of Megan's first chapter. Disregarding the last truth revealing part, it's basically a story about how a woman screwed herself and all the people around her up, step by step. Nevertheless, the reading was very enjoyable, I was totally in the story.
Date published: 2016-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Never read anything from Paula Hawkins and loved this book it was suspenseful and an easy read.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rear Window plus Gone Girl equals awesome. If you were a fan of the Hitchcock film "Rear Window" and Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" (and it's movie adaptation), you will love "The Girl on the Train". Consistently surprising and riveting. Cannot wait for the movie adaptation.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it I am so happy I bought this book, I read it in two days. It consumed me, I wish I could forget it and re-read it again.
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings The story is simple - whodunnit! The way Paula told the story can be a little weird for some. My mother for sure did not like the way and found the constant switching from one character of the book to another disorienting. For me, I get it. Interesting new way of telling a whodunnit story. Paula's writing is very sharp and typically English. It may throw some off where she gets too British slangy. There is a twist at the end as the plot thickens. There is even a swift change of pace which is a nice surprise. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but not much as the hype this received. But nevertheless it was a good little story.
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed Just not my cup of tea...predictable and banal novel, in my subjective opinion.
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kept me busy Was advised by an employee at Chapters St.Vital as the book I was there for was not in stock. It was ok took me awhile to get through. Three stars
Date published: 2016-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Intriguing Read! Not normally my cup of tea. This train ride was not what I was expecting. But, nonetheless, a very spirited and intriguing read. To anyone purchasing this novel, be cognizant of each chapter heading or the story may throw you off a bit. The writing is unpretentious but moves at a very fast pace. Paula Hawkins knows how to draw in the reader and keeping them guessing. I would recommend it for anyone who likes to solve mysteries and likes to wholly be consumed by thrillers. Looking forward to her next book! She kind of reminds me of Dean Koontz.
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Loved the book, great story, couldn't put it down. My sister finished it before me and when I asked if I had it figured out she refused to tell me. Some interesting twists and turns for sure.
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Underwhelming I enjoyed the premise of this book, but the characters were soon predictable and a little contrived. I tired of hearing of the protagonist’s weak recollections of events by the middle of the book. I would recommend this for someone who likes to read light books without a lot of twists and turns.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book Was a good read, but did not deserve as much fame and attention as it received
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointed With all the hoopla I was anticipating great things. Alas, I found this novel so contrived as to be ludicrous. However, everyone I've spoken to has loved it so I guess I'm the odd man out.
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasant Surprise! I found this title on a list that was circulating on Facebook. That should have made me weary - but I'm glad it didn't. I could not put it down. As a matter of fact, I didn't until I finished. It was a hard job not to skip ahead to find out, did she do it, or did he, what about him?
Date published: 2016-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A terrific read Loved this book. It was a highly engaging and well-written book. Suspenseful 'til the end! I had a hard time putting it down for sure.
Date published: 2016-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I read this book as it was a suggestion from a friend. It kept me interested and was enjoyable. I would recommend to a friend.
Date published: 2016-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was Okay I was really excited for this book before I read it. I find it really hard to like the main character I just end up feeling bad for her. I actually didn't like any of the characters they were predictable and boring. The book is extremely slow paced I guessed the end before I was even half way through, I forced myself to keep reading. It did not live up to the hype for me.
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought this was good, not great This was a good read but I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. A lot of self analysis / struggle which was sometimes engaging, other times it felt like filler. Overall a good book but I wouldn't highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't live up to the hype for me. I debated over this book for a month, I finally gave in because of the reviews. I won't say that the book is terrible, it's not in my opinion. It's full of twists, a decent plot, & narrated well. I did find myself second guessing the ending which does, of course, give even more suspense! I would think I knew what the ending was, but then something would change. About three quarters of the book was really promising to me, it was leading up to the end that I was really starting to feel a bit dull with it. I can't explain why, but it was a little lack luster for all the twists and way the writing was early on in the book. It just fell flat. Leaving me feeling like this book had more hype than it's worth.
Date published: 2015-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fiction Read not a confusing mystery but it kept you guessing.
Date published: 2015-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it! This thriller is told in the words of three women. Rachel is an alcoholic who takes the train into work every day - despite the fact that drinking cost her her job months before. Along the way, she looks out the window and makes up stories of the lives of people she sees every day. Megan appears to have a perfect life and a perfect husband - until she turns up missing one day. Anna is the second wife of Rachel's ex-husband who wants nothing more than to be left in peace with her husband and child. The book follows these women and their perspectives of the same events. I found the conclusion satisfying - and I was pretty close to the end before I worked it out. There has been a lot of hype surrounding the book since it came out this year and on the whole, I think it lived up to its reputation.
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Always wanted to read more! This book was great. The story, though, becomes long as some parts just get repeated.. The ending could have been better, but I still finished this book in less than a week, then lent it to my sister (and she hadn't asked for it) who is in a book club to which everyone enjoyed. I recommend!
Date published: 2015-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this We read this book for our book club and everyone loved it. We all finished it in record time, which is saying something. Captivating from start to finish. It really hooks you in. Worth reading before the movie comes out!
Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than I expected! Loved it! I bought this book because I saw an ad for it when I myself was on the train. So I thought maybe it would be a great read for a fellow train rider. I wasn't really expecting much from it at first but it ended up being a great thriller. I could not put the book down and I always wanted to know what would happen next. I am so glad I got this book.
Date published: 2015-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I expected As I began to read this book, I wasn't really "feeling" it.....but patience was needed. Once I got into the story I found it to be really interesting and it did have a few unexpected twists. Good thriller!
Date published: 2015-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this book down It kept me on the edge the whole time. i couldn't put it down
Date published: 2015-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good At first I didn't enjoy the type of writing but then found myself unable to put it down. Story has stuck with me for days. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2015-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I enjoyed the book and the characters and the struggles they were all going through. Good mystery and a few twists. I figured out the puzzle a bit before it was revealed but still very interesting to find out more as the story went on.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story, captivating It's one these stories where you don't want to stop reading, you always want to know what will happen next. Many twists and turns to the story. I also liked the multiple perspectives, original.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome It took me time to be able separate the characters. All were using the first person narrative. The story line is very interesting. The book is a page turner. I will recommend this book to social work practitioners.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Unforgettable Never thought I would be so intrigued from a casual book I picked up off the shelf because I'd heard people mention it. The build up is perfectly written and had me trying to solve the book myself along the entire way. Would definitely recommend to others.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly enjoyable read I grabbed this book once I started hearing the good reviews and I'm so happy I did!
Date published: 2015-10-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Don't bother reading this book as it's not worth the hype. The main female characters are all selfish and and sex crazy. And since they are experiencing depression, you have to be careful that you don't get dragged down with it. Don't read the book if you are expecting an upbeat thriller.
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little disappointing I picked this up for a trip as friends had raved about it. Perhaps it was the hype before-hand but I was disappointed. For me, it took awhile to get going. I actually started the book over after a few chapters as I figured that maybe I was missing something. Pretty slow moving unfortunately, and disappointing.
Date published: 2015-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good read, Very good read. Held my interest, and kept me wondering until almost the end as to who did it. Good characters.
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this book was very good This book was very good
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED this book! I bought this book and couldn't put it down!!! SUCH a thrill. and the ending has a twist you would NEVER expect.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not believe the hype. Not a well-written book ; also confused and confusing. Abandoned reading very soon. At my age, I have no time to waste reading books that don't stimulate and delight me.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Repetitious I found this book very difficult to follow. It tells the story from three different perspectives and mixes up the timelines. It was hard work reading it: you need a good memory.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent An excellent read that will keep you on your toes till the last page. ENJOY!
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a good as they say (in my opinion) I bought it was vaguely recommended to me, and I read it in two days. It's not a happy book, though. In fact, its quite dark and depressing in an intense downward spiral. It's so well written though that I couldn't put it down. It's realistic, which is why I feel it's so popular.
Date published: 2015-10-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok I did enjoy it, but it was so predictable to me that it's just a big meh.
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Loved this book! Its definitely engaging and makes it difficult to put the book down. Overall an amazing novel, a quick and easy read but very interesting. Hope it turns into a movie!
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh. Got the plot too early into the book The premise of the book was great. Felt like the plot was pushed very fast and there was almost too much going on. Sentence structure was a bit too simple, but that is just a personal preference.
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl On The Train At first I found it hard to get into the story, but once I did I could not put the book down. It was ot till nearly the end of the book that I realized that Tom was the killer. Great reading will have to read more Books by Paula Hawkins.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as sensational as they say The Girl on the Train was a good read though predictable and painful to read at times. I didn't find the plot unwound at break neck speed by any means and knew how it was going to end within the first few chapters. If you don't have high expectations, it is a decent book though nothing to boast about.
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book to be read on a train! A book to be read on a train! Just be sure to keep an eye on your fellow passengers as you do so…. Oh this was good! Part thriller, part psychological mystery centered around marriage and people’s lives. I loved the narration of the three women and the interchange between them. the clues left as if scattered on the very train track that is the centre of the mystery – sometimes you’d see something blow away and then it would come back and blow up in your eyes when you least expect it. The premise of this really drew me in as like many people I watch people on a train all the time and only take a break to read ;) People watching is fascinating and looking in the windows of passing houses even more so. Watching people live their lives etc is the way we all escape from our own lives and just take a peek into some one else’s. Addictive. Just like this thriller. I loved the backstory and the way we got to know the characters, their motivations and everything in between. things UI thought I knew in one chapter were like a bunch of leaves on the line, flung in every direction possible when that train went past. I would even suggest that the plot and pace read like a train journey itself – short chapters stopping and starting and from one place to the next. smart. To get inside the heads of these people was a real treat and I will definitely be reading more from this lady! We've drawn up a map of the locations in the novel on the booktrail website
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed the book - easy to read Pros: - A page turner. If you're looking for a good book to read on the weekend. This is it. - Anna's character development was pleasantly surprising. - This book would make a good thriller movie. - Hawkins' portrayal of the characters were very strong. My emotions were stirred, hence the cons below (my personal feelings). Cons: - The main character, Rachel, was a mess. She was also weak, annoying, vulnerable, and creepy. - I was very frustrated at how pathetic Rachel was.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl On The Train Yeah, this was good. It was a bit hard to read in parts, but if I was honest I had trouble putting it down and kept looking forward to my next reading session. This is the first book I've read in a long time where I was tempted to flip to the end to find out what happens. It was well written and the characters were SO real. Great read.
Date published: 2015-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Girl on the train It was very well written and hard to put down. I really enjoyed the characters and the way it kept you guessing how it was going to unravel and i wasnt disappointed with the ending.
Date published: 2015-09-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Complicated... It took too long for the real stort to begin and it was difficult to follow, given the names involved for each chapter. If you stop reading and continue the next day, it is difficult to remember who did what and when... After reading 75% of the book, it was a bit more interesting.
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl on the Train This was a recommended read by a friend. So glad I listened to her! A great read. Different style and totally enjoyed. I hated to put it down. Kept you guessing until the end. I am a definite fan and look forward to reading more from this author.
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Better than I expected. It's simple, but compelling with some great plot twists. Quite the page-turner!
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Along for the Ride There are just too manys i liked wihout giving it away. There are so many places you can go on a train. The author took me to a pl@ce i didn't know where you'd end up. Very clever.
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read Who dun it right until the end. The characters were brought to life by the authors vivid descriptions. Great reading.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Girl on the Train I love how the author wrote the book. It made me feel as though I was in the story. I Loved it! I hope there will be more like it
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent, quick read If “Gone Girl” is a 5, I would give “The Girl on the Train” a 3.5. Not that it doesn’t have a good plot; it is just lacking in details, especially towards the last quarter of the book. It seems the author only scratched the surface in describing the main characters and their histories. The book was a quick read – finished in about a day. Overall, I would recommend this as it is an engaging story and one you’ll want to get through to know what happens next.
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't bother This book did not live up to the hype. None of the characters were even remotely engaging. I truly hope this book wasn't intended to be representative of contemporary women; I would hate to have deal with any of these characters in real life situations. There was little if any character development and the plot was totally predictable. I had figured out the ending about a third of the way through the novel but kept reading, hoping for something....anything....original or creative. I could think of far better plot twists that would have made this book far more interesting. To be truthful, I normally don't post book reviews but I was so dissatisfied by this book I had to vent somewhere. Go ahead and read it if you are inclined, but there are definitely better books out there if you like this genre.
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay read Good plot but annoying, unsympathetic main character often detracted from desire to continue reading. No really likable characters in novel made it hard to care what ultimately happened to them all.
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! Finished in two days. A little predictable, but still a highly enjoyable read.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The girl on the train Predictable, disappointing, didn't live up to the hype... not even terribly interesting... didn't hate it, but certainly didn't like it much
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much hype... I was exstatic to see this book appear on a one day sale, i bougt it and requested my Mom buy it...what a let down! It's an 'ok' read, but neither of us loved it; nor would we recomend it to anyone else.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engrossing This mystery just pulls readers into the story. Well written, fun to read, reminiscent of old Agatha.
Date published: 2015-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I am always searching for a book that I cannot stop reading until I finish then I am so disappointed when I am! I found this thriller to be just that! Wow a real page turner for sure. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a bad read A strange thriller all right, different from most, told in the first person following the lives f several characters, all intertwined in the same story of events. Not of course personalities or people anyone would want to be friends with nor care much about, but rather, some who come across as tormented, or abusive or generally unhappy and even vindictive, haunted by their past and the 'demons' in their lives that continue to plague them. The book is well-writen, but does start off kind of slow, picking up speed like a fast-moving locomotive. Just when one begins to get the sense that one of the characters, let's say Rachel, is a nearly hopeless alcoholic having been blamed by her ex-husband for the reason for their divorce, while he comes across as a sensible family man compared to his 'neurotic' ex-wife, it is here, approximately a little more than half-way into the story, where one begins to find out the real killer of the missing Megan and just who the sensible one out of all of these personalities is -- a real thriling twister. This is the point in the story when it starts to get interesting.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it in 2 days! I thought this book was well written, it keep my interest on going. The main character Rachel, portrayed a type of woman that no woman wants to be, but I could relate to what her life had become. It put a interesting spin on the book as a thriller to have her portrayed as she was. Well Done!
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Confusing & disappointing Couldn't finish it. Badly written. No time to waste on this . I believe hype about books less & less these days unless they're on award lists.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The girl on tbe train Rivetting _ a real page turner. Cbaracters believable. Plot intriguing, keeping you guessing to the end.
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overrated Don't know what all the fuss was about. This was definitely a disappointing read.
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book of all time!! This book was an amazing read.I did not want to put it down for one second, it was so suspenseful and plot twisting. The author would make the reader think one thing and then by the next chapter a whole new thing. Overall I have to say I am sad that I completed the book because I do not think I will find something that amazing again. (if I could i would rate this book 6 stars out of 5!!)
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely worth the read. I read this book every free moment I had; the plot is all very suspenseful, and while you may devise theories as to what has happened, the character's narratives will cause you to second guess yourself. While it is true that the language is slightly boring, and the characters can be exasperating due to their blatant flaws, these were all absolutely crucial parts of the book. All three of the speaking characters struggle with issues of judgement and acceptance. When you get to the last few chapters, the importance of the character's flaws, and how they tie into the overall narrative are revealed. I urge you to get to the end, even if you wish you could scream at Rachel all the way through.
Date published: 2015-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK I was really excited to pick this one up for really cheap at Chapters ($10 and 50% off!) and I settled right down to read it (after two weeks, which is relatively quick). I started reading and was ... interested and then I completely lost interest half way through and only finished because I wanted to know Megan's side. I feel like part of the problem is that I felt no sympathy for any of the characters. They were all just very unlikable and fairly plain and uninteresting because all three women basically had the same story line. That might be because they all knew the killer but still. It was boring. I thought it would be interesting to have the varying points of view until I realized that Megan's was from the past while Anna and Rachel were in the present. Anna was so petty and Rachel was so needy, I just couldn't get past their characterization to actually enjoy the story. But to be honest, the mystery wasn't really there for me. It felt forced as if it couldn't be anyone too obvious so let's throw in a plot twist at the end so that it kept people guessing and confused. I felt like there might be some reread merit to this one to pick up some "clues," but I started reading the beginning and skimming the middle to scenes that the killer was mentioned in and ???? It was literally out of the blue. When Rachel has her realization that is when the audience knows it too, but it felt like it was pulled out of thin air. In mystery and thriller, you know that the killer is generally not the first person that the main character (in this case, I guess that would be Rachel) assumes it to be because that would be too obvious. So in that sense, it was perfect. And the pacing of the story was good, it moved quickly and was based on the mornings and evenings of the characters generally, which made it fast paced in a sense. But I felt like the drama of it all got dragged out. Rachel is getting better, then she is getting worse, then she thinks it is this person, then another. It felt all over the place and because of the way the story was told, it didn't leave time to build it up in a sense. I did quite enjoy the premise. And I did quite enjoy Megan. She had spirit and spunk. I really only finished because I saw that her story came right up to the "present" and I wanted to see things from her point of view at the time because we had shaky versions of the account from both Rachel and Anna. None of the men were interesting to me and I did not like the police officers involved, but they were barely there as well. I feel like this was one of those "huge hype" books that I always get disappointed by, but it was still good. It just wasn't great. Overall: 3/5. I was a little disappointed with this one tbh.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Heather needs a new pic! Frankly i don't understand the hype? I almost stopped reading it by page 60. currently on page 190 and the only thing keeping me going is to see if the predictable end is going to to be the predictable end? That is if i can continue to withstand the boring language, flat pathetic main character, who i could give a crap about, to perservere reading more about the other boring characters and unstimulating story line. Why or how this book is being compared to Gone Girl who knows? but its riding the heels of a talented writer which is totally unworthy of comparison. Waste of time, painful to finish, blah blah blah....
Date published: 2015-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Loved It! This is such an excellent book! The author had me hooked from page one and I could not put it down! Definitely a book I'll be reading over and over again.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't finish it Downloaded it because it was supposed to be a good read. Took me a while to realize it was written from two different people's point of view and in different times. Was a bore to read, couldn't be bothered to waste my time finishing it.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A disappointment Did not care for this book at all. It took a few chapters to realize that each chapter was from a different character's perspective.
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was OK. I finally catch a break to get back into reading and I pick up this book. It was OK at best. I mean I did have fun reading it at times but I was really annoyed at how predictable it was. I almost didn't want to read anymore because I guessed the ending half way through the book. And the language... please, GET a THESAURUS!! I don't like reading the same word throughout a book. There are so many words in the dictionary, I'd like them to be utilized. To summarize: - VERY predictable. - Writing is too simple
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not all it's hyped up to be! While I must say it was very suspenseful and a page turner at that, the end just didn't seem to do it justice. Was hoping more for a reinvention of self or something. Very disappointed. Should not be compared to Gone Girl either. Two very different books.
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Complex characters and a great read I highly recommend this novel to everyone. Although, I wish I would have been able to read the entire novel in one sitting, it kept me interested and engaged until the end. It was diificult at times to be patient with Rachel because she seemed distracted looking in different directions, but I soon realized that's why I must have liked the book. She has a personlity so different than many and will act even if it may get her in trouble. Written in a way that's relaxing to read, rather than complex in word usage. If I ever move, I'll make sure it won't be Blenheim Road!
Date published: 2015-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Read this book only if there is absolutely nothing else available! The quality of writing of this thriller is one notch above the Twilight series and the 50 Shades of Grey series. (Both of these series read as if they were written by a grade 11 student.) The action is uneven, slow most of the time, and the protagonist is literally pathetic. She never has the intention of doing something, but somehow she always finds herself doing it. At no time does she make a rational decision that makes any sense. I whizzed through the novel just to get it over and done with. The positive comments on the cover of the novel are much too generous. Hopefully the author Paula Hawkins will greatly improve while writing her next book.
Date published: 2015-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finished it in record time i highly recommend this book. A real page turner. Kept me guessing.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good! I bought this because I needed something to pull me in--I'd had a bad run of books that were so hard to get through and so disappointing, so I'm glad I plowed through this in a couple of days. The characters are not that nice and as some reviews state, yes, annoying, but this was one of those that you really had to get to the end for, either to find out what happened or confirm your suspicions. I have a bad habit of figuring out the 'twists' of books fairly early on, and this one was no different--suspicions confirmed--but there were times I doubted myself, however briefly, so it was good to make it to the end and see how it turned out. This follows Rachel, Megan, and Anna through the events of a murder and ensuing hunt for the body and killer, with many (most) of these characters mentally unstable thanks to a shattering divorce or alcoholism. There aren't many redeeming traits about any of these people you read, so I see the comparisons to Gone Girl, but I found this to be genuinely entertaining and a good summer read.
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Mystery/Drams I bought this book with points I earned from my plum card, so it was free. yea!! I had read all the hype and reviews about this book from the dust-jacket and found the idea of viewing homes via a train ride and imagining the lives of the people inside intriguing, and especially the location of this book. The book is easy to read and the author uses the same style of writing of switching from character to character chapter by chapter as Gone Girl. But for me that was the only similarity between the two books. I really enjoyed this book and I didn't guess the guilty party until later in the book. The book flows along and all the while you are never really sure just what is happening as the author goes between past and present and memories which may or may not be as remembered. I would read this author again.
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It didn't give me what I was hoping Okay, so I read this book in 2 days because it really does try to pull you in, but in the end it didn't really do anything for me. It was for the most part pretty predictable and I was hoping for some huge twist that I didn't come close to seeing. The main character annoyed me so much, she was so pathetic and whiny that it made me irritated. I couldn't stand it. It reminded me a bit of gone girl at first, but gone girl was actually good. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great read! Took me a couple of months to get to this book after I bought it, but once I started it, I hated putting it down. Loved the switching from one narrator to the other. The main character was at times exasperating, at times endearing. I felt drawn in and could totally empathize with some of the emotional outbursts or regrets. A friend of mine was visiting recently from England and I recommended she try to get her hands on this book back home.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun summer read If you are looking for a light and fast thriller, this book is great. Although, I must admit, that the style reminded me a bit too much of Gone Girl.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ok Only if you, have nothing else to read.
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gripping thriller What a thrilling read! This one kept me guessing on whodunit well into the book. The book is written in the viewpoints of three women, Megan, Anna and Rachel, and initially hops back and forth from the present, to about 6 months prior. It is mainly Rachel's story and I did find Rachel very unlikable for a good portion of the book. She was a sloppy drunk who lost her husband, lost her job though she took the train every day pretending she was going to work and lived in a room in the home of a college friend. Her ex Tom has remarried, to Anna, the woman he was seeing while they were married and they have a child. They lived in the same house that Rachel and Tom lived in and every day on the train, she passes their house. She cannot seek to let go of Tom, she goes to their house repeatedly and calls over and over, never letting the humiliation change her decisions. Soon she notices another couple several doors down and she obsessively watches them and names them. And then one day, the wife disappears. Rachel spends most of her days in an alcoholic daze so when she has flashbacks or memories, is that what they are? Did she imagine events in her mind or did they really happen? And how will she prove it? She had lied over and over to the police to the point that they just think she's a lying drunk. She finds herself, under false pretences, winding her way into the life of the missing woman's husband which doesn't help anyone's story. I found myself towards the end struggling not to cheat and read the ending. I couldn't wait to fly through it to the end. Anyone who wants a gripping thriller, this is it. And it'd make a fantastic movie.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This Book!!! Keeps you guessing the entire time. Was not expecting this ending! It was GREAT!! :)
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read It some respects the book is similar to Gone Girl in the writing style and narrative style, but not as gripping. I enjoyed the book overall even though the main character is a bit annoying and whining.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Comparison to "Gone Girl" I haven't yet read this but I must say that the comparison to "Gone Girl" doesn't augur well. Still,I'll try it!
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ho hum Just an ok read. Usual love a good mystery, but this one didn't have me wanting to find out "who done it". The main character is a bit annoying. She needs to get a life.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Predictable If you read suspense and mystery often you will guess the ending. Tired of her constant complaining.
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Girl on the Train Interesting read; compelling; end is well hidden to the reader; marriage breakdown struggle is well described by this distraught women.
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I loved this book. I thought it was a great story (reminded me of Gone Girl) and I couldn't put it down. Twists and turns right up until the end. Definately recommend it.
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed Had a hard time putting it down.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Middle of the road mystery A decent thriller, but nothing I would rush to recommend. None of the characters were very endearing and the ending was easy to see coming.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read It was hard to put this story down. Paula Hawkins did an amazing job of creating a suspenseful thriller. Just as you think you know what's going on she adds another twist. It is definitely the best story I've read in some time.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read It was hard to put this story down. Paula Hawkins did an amazing job of creating a suspenseful thriller. Just as you think you know what's going on she adds another twist. It is definitely the best story I've read in some time.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read! It took me a few tries to get into this book, but once i did i could not put it down ! As soon as you get through the first chapters, and really get into the rhythm of the writing you'll find yourself completely engrossed ! Really excellent book!!
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Suspense Novel This was a great read because you were always kept in suspense at the end of each chapter. I enjoyed the way the chapters were laid out, each alternating to a separate date and time for each character. That helped keep me in suspense, trying to link the various dates and times with what occurs in other chapters with other characters. There were many times when I did not want to put the book down because I wanted to find out what happened to the next character on the same day, which is always the sign of a good book for me. The story was not necessarily realistic or believable but it was well written and suspenseful, which is what most people expect from a good fiction novel.
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it !! Finally got around to start reading the book - done in 2 days LOVED it !!
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Draws you in I have been trying to get into reading more and when this book was suggested on Indigo website, I got a copy and started reading it. From the first page, it really draws you into the character and you start to wonder what has happened to Rachel. Without giving any more details, I found the story to be highly addictive and if you like mystery books and liked Gone Girl, I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2015-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I would not say it was as good as Gone Girl but I did enjoy it. Slow at first, but you want to keep reading to see what really happened. I enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh! Did I read Gone Girl... yes. Did I love Gone Girl... no. I didn't like the characters, and it wasn't a book that I couldn't put down. Is Girl on a Train like Gone Girl? Yes, because I found the main character hard to like... even though I do understand how she became to be that way. I found Gone Girl to have more twists, and The Girl on a Train more predictable. GG was a book that I actually preferred in a movie theatre (shocking!). I have many books that I love, and have to pass to friends. This is a book that I will probably donate.
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this book This book was such a great read! It was a bit slow at first but the author knew how to keep you interested and in the end I couldn't put it down! It was amazing and I really enjoyed this book!
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relatable it could totally happen I found it a little slow at first. Thinking what is up with this woman. But as I read on I just couldn't put it down. It had some moments when you want to tell the main character to just smarten up. But then you just get sucked in further.
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stayed up late finishing it Great book!
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book with surprise ending! A captivating read that grabs you at the beginning! A great thriller with a storyline that leads you to a number of different possibilities. Faced pace with a few laughable moments!
Date published: 2015-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read Being a debut novel for this author, I didn't have any expectations. It was an easy read, as long as you pay attention to the timeline for each chapter as it does jump. Not as good as Gone Girl, but would be interested in reading her next book whenever she writes one.
Date published: 2015-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Girl on the Train This novel was a pleasant surprise and you need to read it right now! Don't read any reviews, just read it. Told in the voice of 3 female narrators - none are to be trusted. How easy it is to get caught up in the lives of people you only see as you sit on a passing train, that is exactly what happened to Rachel and it got her into some hot water and making her very unreliable. A story filled with secrets and full of grittiness. Amazing character development and very well written, it wasn't hard to figure lout who the culprit was early on, but that didn't deter me from wanting to know what happened along the way while still holding my interest the entire time. I devoured this novel - and that doesn't happen very often. I loved the thrill, I loved the mystery. Would I compare it to Gone Girl? I don't think you really can. There is no book that stands up against Gone Girl. I LOVED Gone Girl and I really really liked The Girl on the Train. Paula Hawkins has instantly become an author I will be keeping my eye on.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps you Guessing I bought this book with plum points and was very glad I did. This book is very entertaining and filled with tons of twists. The writing style is familiar with current styles today, where the author flips back and forth in time, between the mystery and present day. I found all the characters believeable and the setting of the train cars and the daily ride very intriguing. We are introduced to our main character Rachel and while she has some serious issues, I liked her and cared about her right away., and at times found myself wanting to tell her, don't do this or that. This book has love triangles and mysteries and unknowns all the while drawing you deeper into the lives of everyone as it tumbles to the ending I didn't predict. All in All a very entertaining read.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivated from Cover to Cover!!! I am not usually a fan of crime novels or of murder mysteries but this book held me captive throughout. It is very, very well written and full of ingenious plot twists. You won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating! I don't like to have to work too hard at a book to get to know the characters and the story. I like good writing but don't like to be lost in academic detail. I have enough of this in real life. This story was so right. The symbol of the train and the snapshots it takes of life as it goes by each day, is clever and wonderful. Rachael, Megan, Anna and their men, real and fantasized create a psychological profile that is at once a murder mystery and at the same time a compulsive look at how people work and relate, given their chosen situations. Written from the stream of consciousness of each character, we are pulled into their worlds. Their worlds become our world as we struggle with each character to make sense of what is happening. I loved the economy of the style and the format of the writing. I loved all of it.
Date published: 2015-03-10
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Have Told My Friends To Read It I really enjoyed this book. Fast paced and a good ending. Would love to see it made into a movie!
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was such a page turner! Have you ever ridden a train and thought about the lives behind those homes you see? This is what Rachel thinks of when she passes by a slew of homes every day. What she doesn't realize is that she'll be caught up in their lives and what happens might even put her life in danger. Holy crap.. This is a thriller at its best.. From the first page I was gripped and couldn't put it down. I literally read this in just a couple of hours.. The writing is just so easy and straightforward that you need to get to the very end to find out who it was. At first, it's very easy to just figure out that the author is setting up the characters and the story but you're never bored which I enjoyed so much. Once you realize something sinister is going on that's when you realize you're being taken on a ride to crazy town! I pretty much hated all the characters but for some reason, I still really enjoyed the book. It's hard to like a book when all the characters aren't redeemable in some way, and Girl on the Train had it. Rachel could probably be the only character who is he heroine, even though she has many many flaws. Eventually, I realized that I was on her side and I wanted everything to end up okay for her. Even though we never know how it will end until we finish the book. All the secondary characters are just as tasteless, selfish people. Mistresses, cheaters, killers? Check, check and check! This is one psychological thriller that will have you spinning around and around until everything fits into a nice neat package.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Read This book definitely engaged me from the first page. I finished it quickly. The downfall was the book was full of unlikeable characters. It was hard to connect with anyone in the story. Overall, I would recommend it. It was a decent read, but not mind-blowing.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I started this book a couple of nights ago and I'm almost finished. I can't put it down. Can't wait to find out 'who done it' - author keeps you interested. One of the best books I have read in a while. Definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast Paced and Obsessive I really enjoyed this fast paced, exciting thriller. I did figure it all out about mid point in the book but that did not stop me from really enjoying the ride. I think it helped that I did not really like any of the characters so could stay objective as the story unfolded. Fun!!
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gritty thriller Want a thriller read done right? pick up The Girl on the Train. There, that is my review in one short sentence convincing you to pick it up. The Girl on the Train was a gritty, sometimes even uncomfortable like read. Rachel, the main protagonist, is so unlikable.. actually, every single main character in this book is hateful. More than once I was disgusted by Rachel and I feel that is what made the book such a different experience for me. There is no clear indication on who you should be rooting for or who you can side with or who the hell to trust and confide in. *shivers* this book really gave me the creeps, and I loved every single page of it! Granted, the beginning was slow, it took me a day or two to get to page 70 but right after we are finally up to what the synopsis reveals, you are officially locked in this game of lying, deceit, despicable characters, and suspicion. Told from an almost dual POV of Rachel and someone else, as well as their two differing timelines that will ultimately diverge, you can't help but run a 100 theories through your head trying to figure out where Paula Hawkins will take the plot. The pacing of the book and how only fragments of the real story and happenings and memories get thrown at us is what makes it such an addicting read. Rachel is a drunk. Like a complete and utter drunk. Everyday she wakes up saying she'll quit then drinks as much as humanly possible.. whether it be morning, in the train, or even as soon as she wakes up in bed. As a result of that, Rachel has had her fair share of blackouts and lost memories.. some very important memories that could solve the whole damn mystery. Rachel is not supposed to be a likable character. She frustrated and disgusted (3rd time already?) me to no end. All I wanted to do was shake her and tell her to GET A GRIP and to hell with her cheating ex-husband and to just, for God's sake, MOVE ON. Of course Rachel's demons aren't that easily fought.. and so we trudge along, unwillingly may I add, through Rachel's worthless days.. but that added to the gritty and chilling feeling of the whole novel. I don't think I've read an adult mystery thriller as good as The Girl on the Train.. I know it has been labeled as the next "Gone Girl" which I've read, but I truly believe this amped up the suspense and thrill while keeping me engaged throughout the whole novel. While I was able to guess correctly on one point, the motive, and the execution of the crime as well as all the other memory holes are what kept me going. This is a brilliant thriller and I can't recommend it enough. I am interested to see what Paula Hawkins' next book will be and if it's another thriller than will leave me, days later, still thinking and obsessing about the characters and events that took place within the book's pages.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You can't put this down! I did have to review certain pages to ensure I had a good track on each character. What a train ride of a story. Enthralled, that's what I was. This is certainly a journey, past, present and your hopes for their futures. You don't trust anyone, then grow to care for certain characters, alongside an onion of a story, layer after layer. You need to read this book, aromas of Gone Girl..
Date published: 2015-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i really loves this book I bought this book to take away on holidays in a couple of weeks but made the mistake of reading the first few pages and I have to admit I was totally hooked. This is a really page turning book and I had no idea where it was going to go, how it was going to end, and most importantly who was actually the killer. This is a total reading by the beach book. Unfortunately for me, I now have to find another one.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I say 5 stars! I bought this based on it being a "Heather's Pick" and I'm so glad that I did. I was taken immediately with the main character and her troubled life. The story flows well and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I was fully invested in all the character's lives and was kept guessing until the end. The whole time I was reading it I kept thinking to myself that it would make an excellent movie and it sounds like that might happen. This is an enjoyable and easy read.
Date published: 2015-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read Regardless of whether or not one likes mysteries this book is a page turner. And with some unforeseen twists. It definitely merits being purchased
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast paced read! Great read, but a bit predictable. Good beach read!
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad, not as stron as gone girl The Girl on the Train has been compared to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Pros: - has the same unreliable narrator as Gone Girl - suspenseful and definitely a page turner..what is happening in this story? - 3 povs from characters (protagonist Rachel, Megan the missing woman and Anna the other woman) was good. Gave more to the story Cons: - figured out who the antagonist was earlier on - some parts with Rachel were repetitive and she a bit annoying - the end seemed a bit rushed All and all a good thriller for people who are looking for another Gone Girl type story.
Date published: 2015-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very, very good. Hard to put down. Downloaded this to my Kobo and I'm really glad I did. I only gave it 4 stars because I think she can do better - make the story just a little "bigger". It's about 3 women and 3 men (plus a 4th man) and all live withing a stone's throw of each other at various times. I found it just a little "soap opera'ee". I'm betting she writes another and that it's better.
Date published: 2015-02-11

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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