The Girl on the Train: A Novel

By Paula Hawkins
Publisher:Riverhead Hardcover, (1/13/2015)

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A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

“Gripping, enthralling—a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read.”—S. J. Watson, New York Times–bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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Ceci's thoughts on "The Girl on the Train: A Novel"
updated on:3/14/2015

A solid thriller with standout characters, I probably would have loved this book if it hadn’t been completely oversold by some marketing genius as the latest GONE GIRL. It does have some things in common with GG: alternating perspectives, not just one, but two unreliable narrators, marriages that aren’t all they seem to be. But as good as it is, it’s not hard to see where THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is heading, and it lacks any of GG’s more subtle contemplation of marriage and its high stakes. That’s okay. I don’t expect that in a thriller. Just don’t set me up for it by telling me I’m getting a GG level thriller. Read this book without that expectation, and I expect you will quite like it.

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Book Junky's thoughts on "The Girl on the Train: A Novel"
updated on:3/1/2015

Interesting enough story. Good writing. Plenty to discuss. But, man, did this story progress slowly. (Honestly, the first 70% of this book should really be condensed.) The super slow pace and the just stupid decisions that the main character kept making, just made me not want to get back to the story… which just made the whole thing draw out longer. I mean, you definitely feel for the main character, especially at the end, but for most of the story she just irritated me. And, basically, everyone is a little off their nutter in the story. I know that makes for drama, but wowza, these people have ISSUES, and none of them really made me care about any of them. And really, there is some underlying issues with men in this writing. I do think there is a lot to discuss: alcoholism, reality vs impressions people make, reality vs what you are swayed to believe, reliability of memories, dealing with your issues, depression, dealing with people with issues, wanting babies, not wanting babies, the reality of having a baby, desires, infidelity - seriously, a lot to discuss. So, all in all a good book club read. And it might seem strange with all that going on, but (yawn)… too slow making it a tad boring and in ways predictable.

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"The Girl on the Train: A Novel"
By Paula Hawkins

Average Rating:
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3.00 out of 5 (2 Clubie's ratings)

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