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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train (2015)

by Paula Hawkins

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Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train.… (more)
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I thought "The Girl on the Train" was a fantastic read and suspenseful story. I enjoyed the way Hawkins wrote, breaking up the story into character, date, and time. It added an extra layer of setting and context to the plot. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because none of the characters were particularly likable, though I also don't think Hawkins meant for any of them to be the hero/good guy.
Looking for a quick but quality read? Definitely pick up "The Girl on the Train." ( )
  bookishtexpat | May 21, 2020 |
The first few chapters were interesting. Then the characters and plot became predictable, boring, cliché. ( )
  troelsk | May 8, 2020 |
I did not enjoy this novel. The ending was unexpected. But I cannot recommend this novel ( )
  NAgis | May 6, 2020 |
The Girl On The Train is the new phenomenon fans of Gillian Flynn will be obsessing over. It's that sort of book you want to devour at the speed of light. The writing has this addictive quality, an irresistible pull, & a hypnotizing chemistry. It's a masterpiece. And I inhaled it. Whole.

This book reminded me of Gone Girl and I couldn't help but draw parallels. It's not that the plot line seemed similar, because it's really a completely different and original story. It's more that the writing is of similar quality, the plot is just as twisty and dark and the story sucks you in and holds you captive, demanding to be read in one sitting. It's the same kind of reading experience, and I just loved it. Such finely, artfully crafted plot line. So fresh, so substantial, so gritty! Full of blood chilling secrets and tantalizing revelations. I was obsessed with this story, with the flawed and messed-up characters and their complicated, tangled-up lives. I couldn't get enough of that stuff. I couldn't tell what was going to happen next, and I literally suspected every single character in the novel, except the damn baby. No shit.

The Girl On The Train is a very intense and dark story. No character is without fault here, no one is purely good and entirely innocent, but at the same time nearly all of the characters have some redeeming qualities. They're not bad, they're just kind of lost, kind of unhinged, kind of desperate. I found their stories thoroughly fascinating to read about. The murder mystery is at the core of the plot line. The missing girl. The mysterious man kissing her the night before. The controlling husband. The disturbing past full of blood-chilling secrets. The unreliable, untrustworthy witness. It all messes with your head and keeps you at the edge of your seat. You feel that you can't trust anyone, the lead character included. You wreck your brain for answers and you come up empty. The ending was truly breathtaking and I now can't wait for Hawkin's next book to come out.

5 stars. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
couldn't stay interested…didn't finish.
  JohnLavik | Mar 29, 2020 |
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"...a building, inescapable tension that Hawkins handles superbly, nibbling away at Rachel’s memories until we, like our sardonic, bitterly honest narrator, aren’t really sure we want to know what happened at all."
added by fannyprice | editThe Guardian, Alison Flood (Jan 19, 2015)
“The Girl on the Train” has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since “Gone Girl,” the book still entrenched on best-seller lists two and a half years after publication because nothing better has come along. “The Girl on the Train” has “Gone Girl”-type fun with unreliable spouses, too. Its author, Paula Hawkins, isn’t as clever or swift as Gillian Flynn, the author of “Gone Girl,” but she’s no slouch when it comes to trickery or malice. So “The Girl on the Train” is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership too
added by rybie2 | editNew York Times, Janet Maslin (Jan 4, 2015)
Readers sometimes conflate the “likability” of characters with a compulsion to care about their fate, but with a protagonist so determined to behave illogically, self-destructively and frankly narcissistically (someone even refers to her as “Nancy Drew”), it’s tough to root for Rachel. She’s like the clueless heroine of a slasher film who opts to enter the decrepit, boarded-up house where all her friends have been murdered because she hears a mysterious sound through an upstairs window

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hawkins, Paulaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fisher, IndiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manhood, SilasPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Owen, MarkPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porteri, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, ClaireCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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She's buried beneath a silver birch tree down towards the old train tracks.
The holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.
All those plans I had—photography courses and cookery classes—when it comes down to it, they feel a bit pointless, as if I'm playing at real life instead of actually living it. I can't do this, I can't just be a wife. I don't understand how anyone does it—there is literally nothing to do but wait. Wait for a man to come home and love you. Either that or look around for something to distract you.
...let's be honest: women are still only valued for two things—their looks, and their role as mothers.
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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?
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Fall-down drunk rides trains.
Witnesses murder? Maybe.
Needs to sober up.

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