The Girl on the TrainPaula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Book Summary

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.
The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives, from the author of Into the Water and A Slow Fire Burning.
“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?

The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins) Book Reviews

Great last thirdAdvice: jot down who is who and perhaps the dates at first. I got kind of confused (which might be due to my aging brain). But great final portion of the book!.Score: 5/5

Dull and boringGo in to the mind of a sniveling amoral crybaby..Score: 1/5

The Girl on the TrainLoved the book. Could not put it down. The characters came to life for me. Kept me guessing the whole book..Score: 5/5

EntertainingInteresting, but not interesting enough to not be able to put it down..Score: 3/5

Quick fun readIt was an easy read. I enjoyed the mystery of it all..Score: 5/5

Incredibly addictive and crazy page turnerFrom the beginning, this book captures you and will not let you go until the very end. And when it ends, you will have wished it hadn’t! Fabulous writing! Brilliantly thought out characters and full of so much suspense. Love it!.Score: 5/5

UI lovedi.Score: 5/5

Girls On A Train be GoneWorst.Book.I've.Ever.Read. Ever..Score: 1/5

BrilliantGreat read, wonderfully twisted. Now I’m excited to see the movie and compare..Score: 5/5

Good readSlow start... amazing ending. Quite a page turner... can't go to bed until you finish the book. I can't remember the last time I gasped reading a book. I can see why they made it into a movie... can't wait to see the film ❤️️.Score: 5/5

Suspenseful and dramaticReally enjoyed this novel. Very unexpecting twist. Also, a tear jerker. Highly recommended if you are into suspense..Score: 4/5

Good bookFound on Siri.Score: 5/5

Interesting and confusingDecent read, with a lot of unnecessary build up. I could not follow the authors style and it took me a while to figure out the multiple characters and what exactly the name of each chapter was supposed to meant. The back and forth on dates was very confusing to me and the 'suspense' was wasted on me. I hear the book is better than the movie. Guess I just saved 2 hours..Score: 3/5

Good bookThriller.Score: 5/5

Eyes GluedI couldn’t put this book down. The suspense and mystery were perfectly blended. I have yet to see the movie and I’m afraid to because this quickly became one of my favorite books..Score: 5/5

Stop the trainHere's all you need to know about the main character. She drinks, gets drunk, vomits, vows to stop drinking, doesn't. Repeat, ad nauseum. No wonder she doesn't know what's going on. Like a bad Lifetime movie the murderer spends his unveiling talking & talking. Dumbest murderer ever saving the only incriminating evidence linking him to the victim. Plot annoying with its shifting point of view. Cheap trick to hold readers interest when there is none. Not one sympathetic character. The train should pass this town by..Score: 1/5

AnnoyingThe main character is the worst. It was hard to get through because she was so annoying. I think you're supposed to sympathize with her but it's impossible to do so. The idea of the storyline is interesting I guess but the characters are so terrible it is hard to get through. I'm not sure how this has such glowing reviews. It really is a terrible book..Score: 1/5

AddictingHooked as soon as I started it!.Score: 5/5

❤️❤️❤️❤️.Score: 5/5

Suspenseful readI really enjoyed this book! It was very well written I couldn’t stop reading.Score: 5/5

A Predictable MessThis Book Was ALL OVER the place!!! Kept having to go back to Chapters, & figure out what Day I was On!!?? Didn't mind, the different characters perspective!! However, would've been a MUCH SMOTHER & BETTER READ, if the storyline was told, chronologically by each individual!!.Score: 1/5

The Girl on the TrainCouldn't put it down. Rachel is needy and seems to be at a loss. She's lost the man she loves, her marriage, her house, her job. What's left? In spite of her I like Rachel. She keeps trying and losing but t I eep rooting for her. I want her to make it. I know she'll solve this mystery of the woman she fantasizes about from the train. Great thriller, but with strong character and a moving plot..Score: 5/5

The girl on tbe trainLoved the story.Score: 5/5

AmazingThis has got to be as good as Gone Girl. Looking forward to the movie!.Score: 5/5

Thriller with a Big TwistThis book was hard to put down from the moment I started reading. The twists and turns don’t end, with the end being the biggest twist. It’s very well written with lots of imagery. Highly recommend for those that love a thriller, mystery, mixed with obsession and forbidden romances..Score: 5/5

DamnfamBooks mad crazy mad lit too.Score: 5/5

AmazingIt was amazing. Best book I’ve read.Score: 5/5

So suspensefulSo good.Score: 5/5

Amazing. so many twists and a killer ending.This book captivated me from the start and i was so attached to the story all the way through. being able to see the story through the eyes of each of the three women made the plot so complex and that much more satisfying when it was resolved. 10/10 writing! i loved it!!.Score: 5/5

DisappointingI was looking for a page-turner for vacation and decided to read this based off of the majority of positive reviews. This book was a huge disappointment. Definitely not a page-turner and took me weeks to force myself through it. It is pretty obvious who the murderer is, but I kept reading, hoping for some interesting or surprise explanation for why, but again was disappointed..Score: 1/5

Just don'tHad some surprises, but you don't find yourself rooting for any of the characters. Ending seemed way too simplistic and cliche. Felt like it was a waste of time..Score: 2/5

Couldn’t put it downGripping.Score: 5/5

AmazingI couldn’t put this book down.. loved it.Score: 5/5

Great!Paula Hawkins style of writing is concise yet but still holds my attention. And that’s great considering I have some attention deficit. I would gladly read any of her books..Score: 5/5

Great bookHad me guessing until the very end. Couldn’t put the book down. Love the way it’s written.Score: 5/5

I haven’t read for fun in agesI haven’t had time to read in ages, accidentally bought this book while trying to buy a book for a college course. Decided over a weekend of travels that I’d read it. Took me less than 48 hours, I could barely put it down. Never once did I get bored. Fell asleep at night reading it. I couldn’t put it down. A must read! Only reason I take a star off is because there’s always that “I want to know what happens to these characters at the end” questions that you can only ponder and make up to conclude what happens to them in the end. I do recommend..Score: 4/5

The Girl On The TrainExcellent Turn pager! Better than the movie..Score: 5/5

Fantastic StorytellingThis was one hell of a story. I’m an avid reader and truly could not put this book down (well, my iPad at least). Well done Ms.Hawkins, well done..Score: 5/5

Best book ever!!!I could not put this book down! By far the most exciting book i have ever read!.Score: 5/5

Couldn't put it down!My first thriller! What to read next? Fav book so far!.Score: 5/5

Good Not GreatA chilling perspective into the lives of others and what secrets are better left behind closed doors. I enjoyed this novel, but guessed at the story turning points after the first chapter. An interesting concept with unremarkable execution..Score: 3/5

AddictiveOnce you catch this train, there is no getting off. This is a great book..Score: 5/5

FantasticAbsolutely amazing!.Score: 5/5

EnticingI read this book over the course of 10 days. At first, I read it in small sections, almost daily, skipping 1 or two days only. When I got to the halfway point, I read it at an exponentially quick pace - and I read the last 100 pages in the same night. This book offers three different perspectives, warping the timelines perfectly to leave the reader always wondering what’s gonna happen next. The three main characters, all women, are sometimes relatable, as none of them live perfect lives - they deal with internal and external battles of their own, their stories unfolding before our eyes... slowly colliding, accelerating the story so much more. This murder mystery book had an ending I was not prepared for, and I don’t think anyone else was, which is why the ratings and reviews are only good for this nice..Score: 4/5

RrDr.Score: 5/5

A solid psychological thrillerWhile it does contain many genre tropes and some predictable plot turns. The novel succeeds because of great descriptions,interesting themes and a surprising ending..Score: 4/5

AwesomeeeeeAmazing book.Score: 5/5

I just love itI read it in Spanish and English and both ways I got stuck trying to figure out how everything was going to end.Score: 5/5

AwesomeI'm glad I read book before I watched the movie. A great read!!! Wow until the end!.Score: 5/5

The girl on the trainIt takes a lot now days for a book to fully pull me in because of my busy schedule but I found myself staying up late in order to read just a little more. I feel like you could’ve figured out the ending easily but I was so invested I decided not to think about it. Rach is a very relatable character and I think if you’re looking for a fast paced book to read, this is it..Score: 4/5

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