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, c2014.
ISBN: 9780385682312
Branch Call Number: F HAW
Characteristics: 316 p. ; 23 cm.


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May 10, 2019

First half was really intriguing. Then it became repetitive. The guilty party does a rather dull explanation so everyone is on the the same page and knows what transpired which is not necessary if you were paying attention for 250 pages. Then the ending is appropriate. Could have been tighter, but is a good premise. 3 solid stars.

Apr 30, 2019

This page turner suffered from a confusing cast of characters and the need for better proofreading.

e.g. Page 135: Glaring typo -- Section header reads "Evening." Should read "Morning."
Follow the action in the next section, and you'll understand why this is a labelling mistake.

Feb 16, 2019

Oh the twists and turns!

Feb 15, 2019

I found it really hard not to compare it to Gone Girl constantly... which was much, much better. Easy to read with a couple of twists and turns.

Feb 14, 2019

This is a plot book. It’s not thoughtful writing and you start to get really tired of the characters about halfway through. The writing is very choppy and becomes tiresome. How in the world did this get to be a bestseller?

Feb 12, 2019

Even though this was a depressing novel, I enjoyed the suspense.

Feb 06, 2019

The ending wasn’t a surprise (though I think it was supposed to be!) but I liked the book anyway.

Jan 27, 2019

I read this in 24 hours, because it was *that* riveting. Told from three different perspectives, of three different unreliable narratives (that are also deeply flawed characters), this is a murder mystery where the reader is trying to connect the dots with limited information, as the characters do. I found it fascinating, fun, engaging, and a bit terrifying.

Warning: If you can't enjoy a book unless you love the characters, don't try to read this. They are deliberately unlikeable, flawed characters, which serves the plot and sets up the mystery.

Dec 06, 2018

I am sure it is a great book, after all it has received rave reviews. However, after about 30 or 40 pages I returned it to the library. Couldn't stand the main characters.

Nov 16, 2018

I loved this! I read this because my boss recommended it. At first I thought it was a little crude. I didn't think some of the language was necessary for the plot or character development. I would still give it a 5/5 though. It kept me guessing and I couldn't wait to get back to the book. There were definitely some twists I was not expecting. I am very excited to watch the movie and see if it lives up to the book!

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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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