The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Book - 2014
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A nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession. Rachel takes the same commuter train every day, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared. Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, a division Random House of Canada Limited, a Penguin Random House Company, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780385689502
Characteristics: 323 pages ;,23 cm


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Aug 01, 2020

This would make a good thriller movie. There is no great mystery in the book, just suspense as to how the reveal will occur. Very few characters, so no long list of suspects, but we found it a fun read as one of our project books.

Petehere99 Jul 21, 2020

I've recently finished reading The Girl on the Train, though I've yet to see the movie version. It was a very good mystery, but I fear a proper review might give away some key plot points. Therefore, you'll have to suffer through a poem instead. But I do hope you will either read or see the movie version of The Girl on the Train. It was special to me because I read it while riding on the train back and forth to work. I was the boy on the train reading about the girl on the train. Anyway, here comes the poem. I hope it doesn't spoil anything for anyone.

Girl on the Train

She feels nothing special,
no need to dress, kind of plain.
Her best days behind her,
she’s just a girl on the train.

She’s kind of a loner,
and barely sober,
her whole life going down the drain.
She’s just a girl on the train.

She can’t feel your pain,
she’s got much of her own.
You can’t sit next to her,
she wants to be alone.
She’s a girl on the train.

She’s seen something strange,
but what can you do?
One of the suspects
just might be you.
She’s a girl on the train.
She’s just a girl on the train.

But maybe there’s hope,
if she can only remember.
It’s closer than she thinks,
and they’ll want her to surrender.
She’s a girl on the train.
She’s just a girl on the train.

It’s getting clearer now,
but time’s not her friend.
One false move
and it might be the end.
She’s a girl on the train.

She’s just a girl on the train.

“Track number nine will be departing in one minute… Track number nine will be departing in one minute… All aboard!”

Jul 07, 2020

Real page turner- I usually read historical fiction but this was a great diversion from the pandemic. Very engrossing. Be prepared for an all night reading binge!

harperandharpist May 28, 2020

Love this book!

Apr 15, 2020

It is never good when I am rushing to finish the book, not because it is such an engaging mystery, but because I can't wait to stop hearing the continuing saga of these pathetic women. One woman can't get over the ex-husband that cheated on her or the fact that she can't have children so she drinks herself into a stupor at every opportunity, even though every time she drinks she engages in totally self-destructive behavior. Another woman lost her job and is now a bored, self-absorbed housewife with too much time on her hands so she tries to have sex with just about any man she meets - the whole time knowing she is cheating on her wonderful, understanding husband. I just could not get past these women enough to care about the whodunit that should have been the most important part of the story. I truly can't imagine how this made a bestsellers list. I have read other reviews comparing this with Gone Girl. If these books are at all similar I would say stay away from that one at all costs.

Apr 13, 2020

If your into thrillers then this book is right up your alley because you'll be wanting to read more and more. The story is told in three different person's points of view. As I was reading this I found it hard because of the way it went back in forth between the characters accounts. The same plot and events are told in a very different way by different persons. Overall I thought this book was okay at best and my main issue is that I don't like to have to go back and forth between the points of view from her character.

OPL_JacobL Apr 10, 2020

A broken account by unreliable narrators, this thriller/mystery is a popular one that focuses on a woman who, after a messy divorce, uses alcohol as a coping mechanism and becomes entangled in the lives of a neighboring couple, her ex-husband, and a murdered neighbor.

bouc0240 Apr 02, 2020

It was a good read

Mar 15, 2020

I quite enjoyed this book! For some reason the twist of who done it caught me by surprise but maybe that’s because I haven’t read enough of this genre haha. The back and forth between several characters’ points of view got kind of confusing at times but I actually kind of enjoyed it towards the end. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I hope it lives up to the book!

RyanR_KCMO Jan 26, 2020

I enjoyed this book. Using Rachel’s alcoholism as a mechanic in her unreliable narration was flawless. The character of Rachel, however, was over-trod at times. All in all, as a mystery, this book does an amazing job of providing a strong cast of characters and filling the pages with possibilities to incriminate each of them. Keeping secrets with separate character points-of-view always makes for an anxious reader, and Hawkins executes it perfectly.

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Apr 14, 2017

“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”

Apr 14, 2017

“Hollowness: that I understand. I'm starting to believe that there isn't anything you can do to fix it. That's what I've taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”

Jun 25, 2016

I had a teacher at school who told me once that I was a mistress of self-reinvention. I didn't know what he was on about at the time, I thought he was putting me on, but I've since come to like the idea. Runaway, lover, wife, waitress, gallery manager, nanny, and a few more in between. So who do I want to be tomorrow?

Feb 29, 2016

“Living like this, the way I’m living at the moment, is harder in the summer when there is so much daylight, so little cover of darkness, when everyone is out and about, being flagrantly, aggressively happy.”

“Sometimes I catch myself trying to remember the last time I had meaningful physical contact with another person, just a hug or a heartfelt squeeze of my hand.”

“It’s possible to miss what you’ve never had, to mourn for it.”

“There’s nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion.”

Aug 18, 2015

Rachel's mindset:

I had a teacher at school who told me once that I was a mistress of self-reinvention. I didn’t know what he was on about at the time, I thought he was putting me on, but I’ve since come to like the idea. Runaway, lover, wife, waitress, gallery manager, nanny, and a few more in between. So who do I want to be tomorrow? I didn’t really mean to quit, the words just came

I might have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. I might be a barren, divorced, soon-to-be-homeless alcoholic.

Parents don’t care about anything but their children. They are the centre of the universe; they are all that really counts. Nobody else is important, no one else’s suffering or joy matters, none of it is real.

I lay there and I thought of what that teacher said, and of all the things I’d been: child, rebellious teenager, runaway, whore, lover, bad mother, bad wife. I’m not sure if I can remake myself as a good wife, but a good mother—that I have to try.

Jan 15, 2015

"Blackouts happen, and it isn't just a matter of being a but hazy about getting home from the club... Tom bought me a book about it. Not very romantic, but he was tired of listening to me tell him how sorry I was in the morning when I didn't even know what I was sorry for. I think he wanted me to see the damage I was doing, the kind of things I was capable of..." ~Rachel


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Jan 04, 2017

Enjoyed reading. Loved all the twists and turns of Rachel.

Oct 07, 2015

"Rachel Watson, the principal narrator of Hawkins's psychologically astute debut, is obsessed with her ex-husband, Tom. She's having a hard time putting the past behind her, especially since she confronts it daily, during the hourlong commute to London from her rented room in Ashbury, Oxfordshire, when her train passes the Victorian house she once shared with Tom. She also frequently spies an attractive couple, four doors down from her former home, who she imagines to be enjoying the happily-ever-after that eluded her. Then, suddenly, the woman, pixie-ish blonde Megan Hipwell, vanishes—only to turn up on the front page of the tabloids as missing. The police want to question Rachel, after Anna, Tom's new wife, tells them that Rachel was in the area drunkenly out of control around the time of Megan's disappearance. Hawkins, formerly deputy personal finance editor of the Times of London, deftly shifts between the accounts of the addled Rachel, as she desperately tries to remember what happened, Megan, and, eventually, Anna, for maximum suspense. The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying as a train wreck and just as riveting." Agent: Lizzy Kremer, David Higham Associates (U.K.). (Jan.)
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siammarino May 07, 2015

Rachel is divorced, depressed, and alcoholic, but she manages to remember who brutally hit her, and solve the mystery of a missing woman. I liked the psychological inquiry into alcoholism and its effects, but I did get confused by the various female characters in the book.


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Sep 01, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The culmination of the book has a particularly gruesome scene.

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