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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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The Girl on the Train (original 2015; edition 2015)

by Paula Hawkins (Author)

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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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Title:The Girl on the Train
Authors:Paula Hawkins (Author)
Info:Doubleday (2015), 321 pages
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (2015)

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There are over a million ratings, and over a hundred thousand reviews, in Goodreads alone, for this hugely popular novel... So, I will just say that I liked it, though the ending didn't feel fitting to the intense buildup that kept me thinking about the messed up women and what they will do next even while I was out on work. ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
Excellent. Especially impressive since I've read it before and seen the movie. My only wish is that the swearing and sex scenes could be toned down a bit - a little less gritty, so as to be a book you could loan to your grandma. Full review coming soon. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Nov 6, 2021 |
A well executed multi-viewpoint mystery. A bit over the top or contrived at times. And no one in the story is particularly likable. Still, quite well done. Due to the multi-narrator format, this one shines on audiobook, which has excellent voice work. ( )
  Joe901 | Nov 2, 2021 |
Is this some sort of terrible trend? First-person accounts by unreliable alcoholic women? This is my second one this year that I started and hated very quickly. ( )
  wdwilson3 | Oct 25, 2021 |
One of the best psychological thrillers to be penned. Deals with powerful themes all the while weaving the story into a heart-stopping tale of obsession and madness. You can't help but get reeled into the chaos of it all, questioning yourself at times of who is what, and whether everything is as it is.

Does a wonderful job of always being one step ahead of the reader and does not fail in it's usage of captivating and shocking reveal of the turn of events.

The inherently flawed characters were a treat to read through, as their life , however perfect it may seem is not he case. Paula Hawkins does a wonderful job in this work hers. Would recommend everyone to read
  lubaba.hashmi | Oct 18, 2021 |
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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
Brealey, LouiseNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corbett, ClareNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fisher, IndiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Göhler, ChristophÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manhood, SilasPhotographersecondary 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.
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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 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.

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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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