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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

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    BookshelfMonstrosity: A beloved teenage daughter goes missing in Losing You, a stranger (of sorts) in The Girl on the Train. Despite this difference, these compelling psychological suspense novels, each set in England, offer a gripping, twisty story.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In these fast-paced, compelling psychological suspense novels, love, obsession, infidelity, and violence are all closely linked. Both centering around one woman, In Fidelity has a larger cast of characters (a family), while The Girl on the Train suffers alone.… (more)
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An intriguing story that keeps piquing your curiosity and making you read just a bit more. ( )
  TGPistole | Apr 1, 2019 |
What do you get when you throw a bunch of horrible, self-destructive, self-centered, toxic people into a suburban street and introduce them? This book. There are a couple of times that the characters begin to seem a little sympathetic, but oooohhhhh nooooo ... gotta be paranoid, hopeless and idiotic about everything.

OTOH, I can't pretend that I didn't enjoy the book. I ripped through it. It's breezy reading because the author clears out the unreliable narration by presenting the events through an alternative POV. albiet, another completely unreliable narrator, but there you have it.

This might be a spoiler.

There are a couple of points that hit me hard - The gaslighting of alcoholics. It's too easy and cruel. I never thought I'd see it done in a book. I also never thought I'd see the feelings of a woman who'd been through infertility in a book like this one. Again, it's a fairly good representative of women who are longing to have a child, but can't.

I enjoyed reading this one. What a trainwreck it was.

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1 vote authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
Depressing, unlikeable characters. Fairly suspenseful. ( )
  MarkKeeffe | Mar 19, 2019 |
FANTASTIC and CREEPY. Intensely readable, great character development, and an amazing twist. Don't pick this one up unless you want to read for hours on end. Loved it!! ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
Read this in mostly one sitting just to be rid of it. Drunk people, angry people, unfaithful people and psychopaths. It's a depressing mess of a story where I worked out who the killer was less than half way through simply because we'd met all the characters by then and there were no other solutions for Megan's mystery lover except the policeman. Don't get me wrong, I read a book once where it WAS the bloody policeman. That was really terrible.

I guess it could have been worse but it wasn't any good. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
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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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Fisher, IndiaNarratorsecondary 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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