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Girl on a Train

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  17,252 ratings  ·  945 reviews
Everything points to suicide - but I saw her face...

Headstrong Journalist, Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years earlier. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Anna’s bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking awkward questions. But everything points to suicide and the p
Paperback, 434 pages
Published February 27th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 20th 2013)
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Jade Wilson
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I read this by book club had picked "Girl on a Train". What a wonderful mistake!!
A.J. Waines
Hi - I'm A.J. Waines, the author or Girl on a Train. Here's some inside info about the book:

What is Girl on a Train about?

Everything points to suicide - but I saw her face...

Girl on a Train is another stand-alone Psychological Thriller, following The Evil Beneath, featuring journalist, Anna Rothman. When a woman leaves a locket in Anna’s bag before jumping under a train, Anna starts asking awkward questions, but loose ends surrounding an abducted four-year-old boy are only part of the picture an
Alan Cotterell
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Great Story
Yet another brilliant story from Ms Waines. Starts off well and generally has a good pace, although as a few other reviewers have said if drops off in the middle. But quickly picks up again.
It would be great to see another story with Anna and Stefan, they make a great team of investigating reporters.
Only one unread book left by this author, hope there is plenty more to come.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
Would give this book 3.5* rating.enjoyed storyline but lost abit of interest in the middle.great ending love this author's work.
3.5 *

I listened to this as an audiobook. I think that's why it gets an extra half star. Sometimes I find some plots can be visualized better when I'm listening to them. I enjoyed the mystery and was glued to find out what really happened and was surprised at how it all unravelled. There were quite a few characters to keep in order and a few different things going on within the story. At times I found it a bit confusing. Overall the writing was good. A lot of detail and emotion was put into this
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Five stars easily!
Anna is very persevering in trying to find everything about Elly. There are a lot of twists. Eventually Anna even finds out about what really happened to her own marriage.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The author drew me in straight from the off with this story. I was as intrigued as much as Anna about Elly. Anna becomes a bit like a dog with a bone. She can’t let it go and feels she owes it to Elly to find out more about her and her past. She doesn’t bargain for everything she finds out though.

The story splits into three parts, Anna’s story, then Elly and events leading up to her death and then back to Anna again. It was so interesting to see things from Anna’s side of things and the impressi
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ok, first let me clear this up: this book is "Girl on a Train," NOT "The Girl on the Train." Mom gave me this one and I thought it was the latter, which is #5 on Amazon's best seller list. The book I read is #1,364. Ha. I just figured this all out now as I went to review it, and it explains a lot!

It's basically an ok murder mystery. I found it rather implausible and with much too little character development and believability for my liking.
Having said that, I did turn the pages pretty quickly. T
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: I gave a cordial glance at the woman beside me and felt an immediate kinship with her. She didn’t seem to be part of the raucous melee and looked to be in her late twenties, like me. My smile, however, was wasted as she failed to register my presence. She wore the kind of fixed stare that made me want to flap my hands up and down in front of her face and ask 'Is anyone there?'

Her scraggly hair had a stiff fringe like a yard broom that looked like it would move all at once if touched. So
Stephen Clynes
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay, first things first, this novel is NOT to be confused with the mega selling The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, which was made into a film starring Emily Blunt.

This book however was reduced at the Amazon Kindle Store to just 99p and having read the blurb, I thought this mystery was worth a go for the money.

Anna Rothman, a journalist, is travelling by train from Portsmouth to London. A woman sat next to her catches her attention but leaves the train at Micheldever station, only Anna beli
Loretta Milan
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alison’s work is surprisingly visual, almost cinematic, a camera seeming to pan scenes at times. She tells me that a surprising amount of imagery is used in psychotherapy because, when people find it hard to describe feelings, they turn to pictures instead such as black clouds for depression. This has given her a strong grasp of the power of imagery and it’s unsurprising that, for her, writing first drafts can be like lucid dreaming at times.

There are many great examples of vivid imagery I could
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
My review is only based on 60% of the book cos I fed the rest to my sisters cat
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay so, I am not going to lie - I bought this book in the Kindle sale last year thinking that it was The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins! There is definitely a lesson there about wearing your glasses. I believe that I only payed 99p for this one and it was actually a fabulous read. I have tried my best to avoid any spoilers so that you may enjoy this book, too. I have, however, included some key characteristics of the novel as a whole, in order to provide enough detail for readers to make an ...more
Dec 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was enjoying this book until I came across the terrible Caribbean stereotypes. Me name Flora? Really?
Rachel Burton
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this because so many people recommended it but really it was dreadful. an unlikable, prudish narrator with a ridiculous back story, a string of unlikely coincidences and an ending so ludicrous it was almost funny. Almost.

ETA: this I'd not the book that so many recommended. That is The Girl on a Train. Typical.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
An excellent book with really good twists and turns. A sizzling good ending. Full review to follow.
Babus Ahmed
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
On a train journey back to Waterloo, Anna, a free-lance journalist sits next to an unsettled woman. Knowing that they are both headed to Waterloo, Anna is surprised when the woman gets off the train at an earlier stop and is haunted by her encounter with the woman when she hears of her death on the train tracks.

However, the unfortunate woman reaches out to Anna after her death by leaving her a gold heart-shaped locket as a clue, but exactly what are the clues too? Anna has no idea her search wi
Graeme Cumming
Downloaded this to my Kindle as it appeared in a list of books recommended to me and the reviews suggested it offered some surprises. It's true that I never would have guessed who the culprit was, but by the time I got to the revelation I was not far off not caring. This was more to do with the writing style and pace of the story than any major flaw in the story line. A particularly irritating aspect of the book was the wide range of characters depicted. Not that I would recommend a very small " ...more
Janet Numan
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is not "Girl on the Train" - it's better!

I have read both this book and the other one which everyone seems to be confusing for this one. I actually found that this one is far better. This story had much more mystery to it, and I love mystery-thrillers! Great paced, great protagonist and I enjoyed much more. A great read.
Frances Thompson
I wanted to read this book because I'd read about how the other book of a similar name had actually catapulted this book to the top of the Amazon Kindle charts because people kept downloading it by mistake. I subsequently wanted this book to then be better than the other one. But it wasn't. It really, really wasn't.
So yes, I finished this book, because yes, it had me hooked in terms of wanting to know what happened, but ultimately I wanted to see if the book and author would redeem themselves. Y
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had read an article that this book shot to fame when readers mistook it for Paula Hawkins' hit book. So of course, I had to find out more. I listened to the audiobook, which I loved. Since it took place in England, I felt like I was transported there with the narrator. The story at first was so confusing, because I couldn't really understand why we were focusing on two investigations, but then of course it all came together in the end. I loved the suspense, the clues we were to follow, the cha ...more
Amelia Smoak
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Honestly, it took me a while to finish this book because I didn't enjoy it. The writing style was lacking and it was a drag. The narrator was unlikeable to me, the plotline was pretty unbelievable and there were some parts of the plot that honestly bothered me like (view spoiler) and while the ending was supposed to shock and t ...more
Sharie McLemore
Jul 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the title fool you - it's NOT "THE girl on THE train"

I fell for it, thinking it was the much-talked-about "THE girl on THE train" which is being made into a movie. I'm sure the title is not a coincidence, and was deliberately chosen for this reason. It's trash, full of fantastical coincidences and the inexplicable actions of total strangers who somehow take an instant adoration of Anna and help her out. This is not even comic-book like; it's not that good. It's silly beyond belief. Per
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book quite intriguing. Unusual plot, good development of major characters, and good suspense.

The author demonstrates a keen understanding of people, and in particular a keen understanding of troubled individuals. At first read, some details might seem unimportant, but after finishing the story and re-reading the book I can see exactly why the author focused on such detail.

I was a bit disconcerted when the POV and timeline changed about a third of the way through. Perhaps I missed an
Dave Squabbles
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the first novel the Girl on a Train is superb. A good read for those who like mystery, suspense and the thinking’s of the mind. The plot thickens throughout the novel starting from a simple train journey to a climax of an ending, one the reader is unlikely to guess (I was miles off). The reader is also taken on a journey, through the eyes of Anna Rothman allowing you to understand and feel the inner battles of her mind. Without giving anything away Anna Rothman is like a ‘dog with a bone’, ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
I couldn't go further than a few pages into this book. It read, as another reviewer said, like the first draft of a novel. Riddled with cliche and stilted writing. It needed a very good editor. Tried to read because I got it free from Amazon and thought it was the famous book, but quickly realised it wasn't. There are so many great books in the world that I couldn't bring myself to pursue this more than a few pages, and that's rare for me.
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Anna, a journalist is on a train and sits next to Elly, who is not only strange and fidgety but also leaves the train and gets killed.....or was it suicide. Something about Elly makes Anna follow the trail to find the truth. Little does she knows not only is she personally entwined in this mystery but also nothing is as it seems.
Anna Maudsley
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this is the 4th novel from A J Waines that I have read and I have to say I love her writing style & characters, the story flows and she writes about everyday heroes and everyday monsters that are believable and make sense. ...more
Jen Jamieson
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book from beginning to end.
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