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The Girl on the Train

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  343 ratings  ·  157 reviews
To everyone else in this carriage I must look normal; I’m doing exactly what they do: commuting to work, making appointments, ticking things off lists.

Just goes to show.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and every evening. Every day she passes the same Victorian terraces, stops at the same signal, and sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrac
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2015 by Transworld (first published January 2nd 2015)
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I once read a book by a former alcoholic where she described giving oral sex to two different men, men she'd just met in a restaurant on a busy London high street. I read it and I thought, I'm not that bad. This is where the bar is set.

oh, yeah - this one is going to be a must-read for those people looking to find their next Gone Girl experience. it's an incredibly fast-paced and engrossing psychological thriller, and i was on board as soon as i read the editor's bit of ARC-copy, even though i k
Debbie "DJ" Wilson
Looking for a great thriller? Look no further, the train has arrived. Paula Hawkins has written a tightly woven mystery with painful secrets and startling truths reveled along the way.

The main character Rachael, is a heavy drinker, whose life is teetering on the edge. She has lost her husband, and her job. Yet, she continues to ride the train into the city every day, pretending to go to work. Along the way, Rachael creates a story about a perfect couple who's home backs the tracks, a home just a
Well. I didn't really know what type of book this was when I got obsessed with the idea of reading it; or rather, I got an incorrect impression stuck in my head and fixated on that. Too late, I realised it was a fairly typical thriller, and that my reading it seems to go against things I have said recently about refocusing my reading energy, and things I have said less recently (and more than once) about swearing off this kind of book. I do seem to find it hard to stay away from them.

What I had
Liz Wilkins
Full feature here in the first of my "Spotlight 2015" features for my blog.

Review Text:

So in the first of my "Spotlight 2015" features coming up over the next few weeks, I'm taking look at "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins - a tense and highly addictive thriller that will almost certainly keep you turning the pages well into the night in order to discover just what the outcome is for Rachel, Jason and Jess.

Rachel has problems, is a highly intriguing
Rachel is a slightly overweight, divorced alcoholic and, as such, not the usual heroine for a novel. Having been sacked from her job, but staying with a very long-suffering friend, Rachel leaves for ‘work’ every day and returns on her usual train, keeping up the pretence that she is employed and coping. Nothing could be further from the truth. Obsessed, bitter and jealous, Rachel is forced to pass her old home every day, where ex-husband Tom now lives with new wife, Anna, and their little daught ...more

My chest feels tight but its not from indigestion, it's because this book has taken my breath away! Okay that was supremely cheesy, but seriously this book elicits a physical reaction. I'll admit that I don't read a lot of thrillers so if this one was ripe with cliches or stereotypes it would not be noticed by me.

What was noticed by me however was a (literally) nail biting mystery that tugged and turned me in a million different directions. I had a love/ hate...okay mostly hate relationship wit
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
The Girl on the Train is Paula Hawkins' debut novel, and it's a cracker of a read. She's delivered one of those stories that you don't want to stop reading until you reach the end because it becomes so tense and the chain of events and revelations keep you hooked, the fast-paced storytelling reins you in and doesn't let go. This is a gripping psychological crime thriller, a genuine page turner of a novel. The opening premise is a great idea, and so easy to identify with - how, whilst travelling ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my review copy.

During the summer, there was a great deal of talk on twitter about this book. I was intrigued and wanted to see if it matched the positive praise.

The story introduces us to Rachel, a rather sad lonely woman, who commutes daily to London. She spends her time people watching the familiar strangers around her, both on the train and en route. Rachel observes one couple in particular, living by the side of the railway track in domestic bliss.
It's a bit frustrating here on Goodreads that half stars can't be given because this is more of a 3.5 star rating for me.

The Girl On The Train is a psychological thriller that I hoped was going to be better than it actually was.

With a small character list I will try to write without giving away any spoilers. The book as a whole is told from three different narratives with varying timelines, so at the start of the chapter it's wise to take note of who's talking and when. Not difficult to follow b
Outstanding. Literally couldn't put this book down until I had reached the epic climax. Totally unpredictable, frightening and hauntingly realistic. I can never look out of a train window in the same way again...
Katie Kipe
We’re all guilty of it. The house on the corner, a jogger you pass every morning; each are given a place in your own little universe. Your mind fantasizes names and back stories. You’ll never actually visit that house or have a conversation with the runner, but you know them. But what if one day you woke to find the house destroyed or the jogger missing?

Meet struggling alcoholic Rachel. She is angry, ashamed, and intimately knows the route and landscape of the train she takes every day. She’s c
Rachel is the Girl on the Train; during her daily commute in and out of London she observes the scenery out of the window; she knows it inside out – the discarded rubbish at the side of the tracks, the back gardens of the houses along the way – she misses nothing. She has even invented an idyllic life for a couple she sees regularly. One day she notices something which upsets her and sets in motion a train of events which will turn her life upside down.

Rachel's life is a mess: a divorcee who has
A compelling and intriguing psychological thriller about human weakness and obsession.

This is Paula Hawkins first book and has already been signed up for a movie.

The book centres around Rachel, an unemployed, recently divorced alcoholic who becomes involved in a criminal investigation as a result of what she witnesses on her daily commute into London. It's this storyline that intrigued me as I for one gaze out of trains and wonder at the lives that are glimpsed as we flash past.

The story is told
Jessica Woodbury
The book is kind of like a train. If you give it a little time, you'll find that it starts moving really fast. This isn't a book for everyone. It's a book with 3 female narrators, none of whom are terribly likeable. Especially Rachel, the titular center of the book, a woman who has lost her job and her husband due to her destructive alcoholic tendencies.

Still, Hawkins knows how to build a riveting story and keep it moving. I know a good thriller because I'll feel like we're moving so quickly we
When I heard about all the hype about The Girl On The Train I just knee I had to read it.

For me, this novel really did live up to my expectations; it was fast paced and kept my interest throughout.

This story is about Rachel, she is like many commuters, daily travelling to work on the train into the city. Along her commute she sees 'Jess and Jason' a couple for a life she has created. They have the perfect life, everything that Rachel wants, not everything is perfect for them as she soon discov
Gill Edwards
Psychological thrillers are my favourite genre of novels and I've read an awful lot of them, some can be wishy, washy with no real plot to speak of. The Girl on the Train however, is different. It's packed full of thrilling twists and turns, cleverly timed revelations and edge of seat tension. The story starts slowly as each chapter introduces you to the main female characters of Rachel, Anna and Megan but it is never boring and you don't find yourself wanting it to speed up or get on with it, ...more
When I first started reading this, I could immediately identify with Rachel, the eponymous girl on the train. Much of my daily commute is spent looking out of train windows however Rachel goes one step further than me. She actually makes up a life for one of the couples in the houses that she passes each day. She sees ‘Jess and Jason’ (who are actually Megan and Scott) as having the perfect life – far different from the reality of hers. Appearances, however, can be deceiving and when Rachel deli ...more
The story is told through the voices of three women; Rachel, Anna and Megan. Rachel travels on the train every day, looking out of the window at the house she once shared with her ex husband Tom. He now lives there with second wife Anna and their young daughter, living the life Rachel always wanted, but hers is now a mess. A few doors away lives Megan, who Rachel often sees from the train out on her terrace. Rachel invents a life and name for Megan but when the latter goes missing Rachel becomes ...more
I had every intention of reading a few chapters before bedtime...
Now, I find myself at 5 a.m., with only 20 pages remaining!

(Updated Review: 16 hours after finishing, and still thinking about it.)
I became so utterly immersed in this story, I just could not stop reading.
I HAD to know what happened, I found myself questioning each person involved at some point or another!
My only regret is, not my lost/lack of sleep, but that it is over.
I truly hope that Paula Hawkins is currently weaving another
This would have to be the best thriller I have read in a long time, well since I read S J Watson's "Before I go to Sleep".

Rachel catches the train to and from work everyday. She sees the same people out her carriage window and invents lives for them in her mind. A few chapters into the book you realise that she used to live in one of the houses she passes....her ex lives there with his new wife and daughter. As we witness Rachel's life unravelling, the narrative switches to Megan, the girl she s
(;Lucy.Lala;) (;Book-A-Holic;)
When this book came in the mail, it was so beautiful! It had cover art in back of the book, it had a plastic covering/box over it that made the cover pop out, and it was so glossy and it came with a book mark! :D

Basically this book was a psychological thriller. We have a protagonist named Rachel that always, and I mean always... takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day is a normal day to take the train, the same track and always goes by a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops
Boy, talk about your unreliable narrators! Rachel rides the train every day to and from London and over time she imagines lives for a couple she frequently sees on her journey. Then one day she sees the woman with another man and the next day she learns that the woman is missing, feared dead. Can Rachel help the investigation or hinder it by telling authorities what she saw -- or thought she saw? While Rachel is the primary narrator, there are two others. Even if you don't particularly like any ...more
This book is written from three different viewpoints, the perspectives of 3 different women whose lives are connected. The first part of the book switches chapters between two of the women with the third coming in a little later. At the beginning it is not entirely clear how the main two female characters are connected and chapter-by-chapter the connections are revealed. I felt a touch frustrated about a third of the way through because of the deliberate confusion and lack of clarity created by ...more
I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. Thank you to to the publisher for sending it to me.

For the sake of full disclosure, I must admit that I don't really like thrillers. I appreciate the fast pace, but often the writing itself just isn't good enough. I rarely read them because of that, but with the many assertions that The Girl on the Train could be "the next Gone Girl" I figured it should be on my radar. Also regarding full disclosure, I really hated Gone Girl. I know
Andrea Larson
The Girl on the Train is a twisty psychological thriller featuring some very unreliable narrators. Rachel is a washed-up, alcoholic thirty-something who creates a fantasy about a couple she sees out the window of her daily train ride into London. In her mind, they're a happy, loving, perfect pair ... until one day, the woman turns up missing. By coincidence (or maybe not), this couple lives down the street from Rachel's ex-husband, his new wife, and baby. With seemingly good intentions, Rachel m ...more
Debbie Krenzer
Thank you Penguin Group and Net Galley for providing me with this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, at first I thought I was reading a book about two crazy women and I was a little disappointed. But the story soon revealed their challenges that they were facing and they weren't as crazy as I first thought. The author really takes you deep into these characters and over the course if the story you feel many different emotions.

I spent most if the book going back and forth over which
Rachel is a mess, pretending to go to work each day and I did not have much sympathy for her. But, as the story evolves, so did my feelings about the characters in this novel. Couldn't read it fast enough to figure out what was going on!!!
Tracey Walsh
I can't say this book was unputdownable - at times I had to put it down so I could catch my breath and get my head around what was happening.
"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...Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s on
Rachel is a drunk, a liar, and in a word, unreliable. On her twice-daily train commutes, she regularly observes an idyllic-looking couple in their home visible from Rachel's seat on the train; one day she notices something out of the ordinary concerning this couple, and the female half goes missing soon after. While wondering if she has witnessed something pertinent to the investigation, Rachel struggles with whether she should get involved and deals with the consequences of her drinking problem ...more
David Harris
I am grateful to the publisher for sending me an advance copy of this book. It is though going to be tricky to review - much of the information is hinted at, inferred and only emerges after a degree of teasing. There’s a lot of potential for spoilers.

If, like me, you commute by train I'm sure you will have gazed out of the carriage window into the back gardens of houses beside the line. Often, the track is raised up, and you can see right into the garden, or even the house. Though people are pro
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Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.
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