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


1,689 people found this helpful.
 on November 21, 2014
By Red Rock Bookworm
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is a dark, haunting and depressing psychological thriller, but it’s incredibly effective thanks to the writing skills of author Paula Hawkins. Rachel is a divorced woman who would do anything for a drink, and like a lot of folks consumed by a love affair with the bottle, one might call her a victim of circumstances. Her husband Tom had an affair that resulted in a pregnancy. He divorced Rachel, married the “other woman” and now all three (husband, wife and child) are happily ensconced in the house that was once Rachel’s.

Book over movie

 on December 12, 2016
This is a fun read to do with someone else especially since you can then see the movie and discuss. We both got confused with character and time changes, that caused us to have to pause and review a few times. While some revelations were predictable the collateral damage of the most volatile characters was not always. If you have read the book I wouldn’t necessarily say you need to see the movie (unless like me, you were curious to experience another point of view,) however, if you have only seen the movie DO get the book-reading the thoughts of the characters versus watching them – totally different journey

A mystery with a twist

 on September 7, 2015
By Donna
This was highly touted and I did like it, listening to the Audible version on my morning walks. It was well narrated. At first it was hard to care about this young woman who had totally lost her sense of self respect and was basically a desperate drunk. But as the story unfolded and she observes a couple in the house down the street from where she used to live, she fantasizes about their life as she fakes going to work on the train to the city. She is living with a friend since her husband left her but doesn’t want her to know she has lost her job.

Beautiful Book! Highly Recommend!

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 19, 2016
By Anonymous
Book was in beautiful condition, and the plot is SO GOOD. Seriously when people say “it’s a real page turner” they really mean it with this book. Could not put it down! I just wish there was a sequel, or a book from Tom’s point of view, or even an epilogue showing how they are now and what happened to everyone. The book does have some cursing, maybe 30 curse words throughout the book, and some bad scenes, like not sex scenes, but scenes where there was sexual activity there. Loved the book, my top read! And 10/10 in quality, and the book. I had even ordered it in paperback and it was amazing. The shopping does take a while though. Choose the faster shipping if you can!

Like watching a train wreck…

 on January 12, 2017
By Cynthia K. Robertson
Reading The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins is a bit like witnessing a train wreck: you really do not want to see the carnage but you just can’t pull yourself to look away. I found The Girl on the Train a fascinating psychological thriller, but I can understand why many readers did not enjoy this novel.

Though rather dark, an enjoyable read with enough twists to keep you coming back

 on January 25, 2017
By MelG82
I think many readers may not enjoy how the story switches points of view, and timelines,constantly from chapter to chapter but that didn’t bother me in the slightest. I read this as the choice of a book club and was actually pleasantly surprised to not find it a dull predictable tale. I did have a hard time having empathy for all of the characters, but the further along you go, the more you both want to strangle, and hug, the main character Rachel as well as some of the others. Though it wasn’t a story where I really wasn’t expecting the final twist until it happened, there were definitely a few unexpected twists and this was a book I quickly finished in two evenings. It did hook me in after the first few chapters, and I definitely stayed up much later than I should have last night determined to finish it. This is not a happy read so make sure you are in the right frame of mind knowing that especially Rachel is a fairly somber character and you will definitely feel her depression, anguish, and struggles along with her so I wouldn’t take it up if you are already in a poor mood. It did help me gain some insight into the mind of an alcoholic and could definitely understand many of the times she turned to alcohol as a coping device even though it made me sad for her and many times, was definitely a poor choice. It is hard for me to like a book without loving a character who has redeeming qualities and though my faith in Rachel definitely waivered, I am glad I stuck it out and continued to read on despite knowing this wouldn’t be a book with a normal happy ending of the good being triumphant and evil getting what you deserve. It definitely reminded me that you can’t always judge someone or their life/relationship merely from what you can view from the outside.

Choo-choo, Carry Me Home

2 people found this helpful.
 on August 9, 2016
By Michael Kleeberg
A wonderful mystery. There was only one thing about it I didn’t like: I figured out whodunnit. I am terrible at these mysteries, so I never trust one that I can solve. But not trusting it is a far cry from not enjoying it. I particularly dug the voice of the main character. I believed every word she said, because her voice was so authentic. In that same vein, I found her by turns sympathetic, exasperating, annoying, and lovable. Above all, I rooted for her, even if I didn’t always want to sit with her on the train. Terrific page-turner.

This book does not disappoint

 on October 7, 2016
By Annie H
Read the book because I wanted to compare it versus the movie which opens in theaters today.

I felt like I was on the train reading this! Fast paced and heart-pounding!

 on October 21, 2016
By Ev
My personal “The Girl On the Train” Soundtrack Playlist:

Read This Book!!!!! You won’t regret it.

 on June 24, 2015
The Girl On The Train was a really great story! The author has a way of making you relate to very unlikable and undesirable people. It was suspenseful, the writing was good and I didn’t find a lot of typos or issues while reading this book. I saw other reviewers that were very negative and claimed that “the author with-held important information and tricks you…” And to that I say “So when reading every book ever, you go in with full knowledge of everything that is happening to all of the characters automatically – Or do you read and learn more information as you go???” This book was no different than any other suspenseful, mysterious, fictional book I’ve read. It was Thoroughly enjoyable — READ IT!! You won’t regret it! ~Niki Noel

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