The Girl on the Train: A Novel

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, soon to be a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.”—Vanity Fair

“The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times

“Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.”—USA Today

“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston Globe

“Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1290 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Mti Rep edition (January 13, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2015
  • Sold by:  Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L9B7IKE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A decent read

 on October 2, 2016
By Amazon Customer
I am giving this book three stars, because, although it was not a tedious read, I found myself a bit bored around the middle of it. I admit. I finished the book, only because I had paid for it. My reasons: 1) I had already deduced who the culprit was; 2) one of the main characters, Rachel, had started to really bother me with her behavior. I know that that’s a matter of personal taste, but I just couldn’t like her; 3) on many occasions, the melodramatic tone was too much; 4) typos.

Morbidly fascinating

 on September 14, 2016
By D. Clark
This is one of those books that you keep reading despite the fact that you’ve realized many times that it is thoroughly unenjoyable. You keep telling yourself to stop it and find that you’ve swiped yet another page on your Kindle. There are NO, repeat NO, likable or sympathetic characters. This is a sad group of dysfunctional, alcoholic, abusive, self centered, narcissistic, weak willed people. And Oh yes, some of them turn out to be murderers. Not everything that I read, needs to be a feel good novel but in reflection, this book had no redeeming value whatsoever and left me feeling depressed and annoyed that I hung in there until the end. I would have given it fewer stars but felt that, in fairness, I did keep going until the bitter end and that probably justified my 3 star rating. I do not recommend this book.

I Found Myself Traveling with "The Girl on the Train"

 on September 25, 2016
By Susan H
First off, I think there is somewhat of a “herd” mentality in the overall negative ratings by some reviewers of this book. With that off my mind…I see real value in the epiphanies each of the three female characters experienced within the unfolding of the story.

Thrilling Page-Turner!

 on April 9, 2017
By Jasper
I finally succumbed and bought this book to see what all the hoopla was about and, no, I haven’t seen the movie. I found it to be a super entertaining read. I finished it in the ‘wee smalls,’ unable to put it down. What I really liked about it was that though I thought I’d figured out who the evil doer was at the very beginning, the author kept leading me astray … so that I abandoned my first impression only to be surprised at the end when I found that I was right from the start!

Hitchcock should have adapted this

 on April 22, 2016
By B. White
I read this novel last year and I’m just now putting up a review. I liked the girl on the train because of its complex story lines, it was fast paced and super entertaining. The characters really didn’t have redeemable qualities, they were mostly damaged. Sexual indiscretions, alcoholism, pathological liars and of course murder were topics that kept coming up. The book is lead by your typical unreliable narrators.

A quick read.

 on November 29, 2017
By Maverick
I expected a thriller with more twists and turns. This was promised as Gone Girls slightly younger sister, but where as Gone Girl was complex in its characterization I got three shells of a character and one so so character. I appreciate the twist of the unreliable narrator, though. It was fresh and really played with our interpretation of characters in a literary way.

Thought-provoking, well-written, a worthwhile read.

 on August 4, 2016
By Bettany Smith
A gripping page-turner, but not until about 2/3 into the book, which maybe is par for thrillers. I almost didn’t bother finishing at about halfway, when I read the one-star poor reviews here. I identified with their complaints: unlikeable, neurotic characters; but NOT with their disappointment of the story’s resolution. I found it very satisfying and gripping to the very last page. Hawkins writes prose very well, capturing the mood of the trains and London boroughs, writes almost poetically about the weather and countryside, but the inner dialogue of the women characters is a bit excessive. The characters seem soulless with not a drop of the milk of human kindness (classic thrillers don’t feature high-minded characters either, but at least they have some sardonic flair, bumbling endearment, or harmless quirks, which this book lacks). It also would have helped if more overt physical features of the characters were delineated – just to form a picture in the reader’s mind of who was speaking in the next narrative, because they all seemed to have the same weary, jaded, cynical personalities, speaking the same dialect, being self-centered. The men characters seem also clones of each other, almost as sex objects in a reverse sexism. Still, on into the story, you really want to find out what really happened: the core of the mystery, and what will happen. I give it a high rating because: 1. It evolved into a fascinating story, and; 2. I was left with a thought-provoking look into my own life: my experiences and relationships and identifying with that feminine conundrum of believing what a man says but desperately trying to prove him wrong, and when proving him wrong, feels her confidence erode and her self-loathing sprout as he unabashedly attempts to justify himself, either with the truth or more lies.

I hated how Rachel was treated all throughout this book by …

 on October 8, 2016
By Tam Mck
I don’t know how I really feel about this book. It was hard to accept how any of the characters acted. Most of them were self involved, heartless souls with no clear understanding of right and wrong. I hated how Rachel was treated all throughout this book by everyone around her but her room mate. I think the writer focused too much on how disgusting the character was. It made you wonder if the writer feels this way about her too. That she is just to unlovable and deserves to be treated that way. At a certain point in the book, I was like I get it already. Rachel is unattractive. Rachel is fat. Looking at Rachel makes your stomach turn. Rachel isn’t as pretty as Anna and Meagan. Rachel is a worthless slob. I mean on and on with the insults of Rachel. Then the writer kind of spoiled it at the beginning of the book and I knew only one of two people could possibly be the killer. I won’t say the scene in the book but if you pay close enough attention, you will clue in on who it is. So, I was a little disappointed in the end when I was right. Overall, an okay book but it did the standard who done it ending.

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