The Girl on the Train

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.
The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives, from the author of Into the Water.
“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.”—Vanity Fair

The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times

“Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.”—USA Today
“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston Globe

Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People 

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

And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins Summary

The Girl on the Train may refer to: The Girl on the Train (novel), a 2015 novel by Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train (2016 film), an American film based on the novel The Girl on the Train (2020 film), an Indian film, remake of the US 2016 film The Girl on the Train (1927 film), a silent American film The Girl on the Train (2009 film), a French drama film The Girl on the Train (2013 film), an American independent film..

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Great!5 star

Paula Hawkins style of writing is concise yet but still holds my attention. And that’s great considering I have some attention deficit. I would gladly read any of her books. 55


❤️5 star

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Lacrosse maniac1

Great last third5 star

Advice: jot down who is who and perhaps the dates at first. I got kind of confused (which might be due to my aging brain). But great final portion of the book! 55


Amazing5 star

This has got to be as good as Gone Girl. Looking forward to the movie! 55


Incredibly addictive and crazy page turner5 star

From the beginning, this book captures you and will not let you go until the very end. And when it ends, you will have wished it hadn’t! Fabulous writing! Brilliantly thought out characters and full of so much suspense. Love it! 55

Amazing5 star

It was amazing. Best book I’ve read 55

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Couldn’t put it down5 star

Gripping 55

Amanda Rotermund

I haven’t read for fun in ages4 star

I haven’t had time to read in ages, accidentally bought this book while trying to buy a book for a college course. Decided over a weekend of travels that I’d read it. Took me less than 48 hours, I could barely put it down. Never once did I get bored. Fell asleep at night reading it. I couldn’t put it down. A must read! Only reason I take a star off is because there’s always that “I want to know what happens to these characters at the end” questions that you can only ponder and make up to conclude what happens to them in the end. I do recommend. 45


Eyes Glued5 star

I couldn’t put this book down. The suspense and mystery were perfectly blended. I have yet to see the movie and I’m afraid to because this quickly became one of my favorite books. 55


Good book5 star

Found on Siri 55


Frighteningly Well Written5 star

This book was incredibly well written--characters' thoughts are depicted through first person and lead you through the engaging story with first person perspectives. Each character has their own viewpoint and interprets these viewpoints differently; this proves to be a very engaging part of the book. The book relies heavily on perspective and viewpoint from the main character, Rachel: quite a unique perspective. This is the make-it-or-break-it point of this book for readers: for me, her perspective on the world around her was thoroughly engaging and relatable--very fascinating at times. Engaging in the most peculiar yet fascinating way. For others, it may not be. That is where some people may find the beginning to be quite slow, insignificant. However, if readers look at the word choice, the perspectives, interpretation, and storytelling of each of these characters, many new features appear beneath the surface of these words. The book is incredibly well written. 55


The girl on the train5 star

I could not stop reading, lost a lot of sleep but it was worth it. Hawkins brings to life the catch phrase "the mind is a powerful thing" this book is exactly that. I loved it and recommend it. 55

Lauryn Armstrong

Lot of hype for very little story2 star

Overall, I was very unimpressed with this tale. It took around 150 pages to become interested and even then I would describe it as mild interest. It was a boring book and I don't know why so many people hype it to be something it just isn't. 25


Worth the effort5 star

The first few chapters of the book are difficult especially if you don't pay attention to the titles and dates. It was definitely worth the effort to get past those preliminary chapters that set the scene for the rest of the book. I truly enjoy this with it twists and turns. 55


Meh3 star

I think I went into this book with extremely high expectations! With all the comparisons to gone girl, I thought this book would be an interesting read. With similarities in the way the two books are written, gone girl is by far more thrilling. You realize how this book will end half way through. The main character became exhaustingly annoying to me. Possibly because of the redundancy of her very day life. All in all it was not great but not terrible. Just not as good as I expected it to be! 35


Very solid4 star

I had a hard time putting the book down. I would recommend. 45


Not very good2 star

Read this book in 5 hours. It was dramatically hyped up and was compared to gone girl. There is no comparison. This book is dry and boring and there are no surprising twists and turns. It didn't leave me with any unanswered questions and it did not move me. I wouldn't waste my time reading this. 25


Haunted me3 star

This book was a page turner. I read it in 2 days and it affected me powerfully. I should give it 5 stars because I think it's true talent to be able to have that kind of influence on someone through the written word, but the feeling I have is just this sick, haunting feeling that I kind of want to shake. I felt the pain of all 3 women but I probably trust men less after finishing this book. I would recommend it with trepidation. But a powerful book nonetheless. 35


Dumb.1 star

This book was horrible. I don't understand the people giving it rave reviews. It's slow, the characters are more irritating and unintelligible than Jar Jar Binks, the plot is predictable and boring, and overall the writing is sloppy and just unredeemable. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Don't waste the money. 15


Terrible1 star

The book was so slow and hard to follow. Couldn't make it past the third chapter. 0/10 would not recommend. 15

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