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The Girl on the Train Hardcover – 2015
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2015: Intersecting, overlapping, not-quite-what-they-seem lives. Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won’t let go. All this and more helps propel Paula Hawkins’s addictive debut into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. At times, I couldn’t help but think: Hitchcockian. From the opening line, the reader knows what they’re in for: “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” But Hawkins teases out the mystery with a veteran’s finesse. The “girl on the train” is Rachel, who commutes into London and back each day, rolling past the backyard of a happy-looking couple she names Jess and Jason. Then one day Rachel sees “Jess” kissing another man. The day after that, Jess goes missing. The story is told from three character’s not-to-be-trusted perspectives: Rachel, who mourns the loss of her former life with the help of canned gin and tonics; Megan (aka Jess); and Anna, Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife, who happens to be Jess/Megan’s neighbor. Rachel’s voyeuristic yearning for the seemingly idyllic life of Jess and Jason lures her closer and closer to the investigation into Jess/Megan’s disappearance, and closer to a deeper understanding of who she really is. And who she isn’t. This is a book to be devoured. -Neal Thompson--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
"The Girl on the Train"has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since"Gone Girl. . . .The Girl on the Train"is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership too. . . ."The Girl on the Train"is full of back-stabbing, none of it literal. Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
"The Girl on the Train"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 welcome echoes of"Rear Window"throughout the story and its propulsive narrative make"The Girl on the Train"an absorbing read. "The Boston Globe"
["The Girl on the Train"] pulls off a thriller's toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn't see coming." "Entertainment Weekly"
"Gone Girl"fans will devour this psychological thriller. . . . Hawkins s debut ends with a twist that no one least of all its victims could have seen coming. "People""
The Girl on the Trainhas more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller sinceGone Girl. . . .The Girl on the Trainis liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership too. . . .The Girl on the Trainis full of back-stabbing, none of it literal. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
The Girl on the Trainmarries 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 welcome echoes ofRear Windowthroughout the story and its propulsive narrative makeThe Girl on the Trainan absorbing read. The Boston Globe
[The Girl on the Train] pulls off a thriller's toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn't see coming." Entertainment Weekly
Gone Girlfans will devour this psychological thriller. . . . Hawkins s debut ends with a twist that no one least of all its victims could have seen coming. People" --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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The train that Rachel rides to London each day takes her past her old neighborhood. From the window of the train she observes not only her old garden that backs up to the tracks, but also the daily activities of another couple who reside down the street from her previous home. In her imagination she has given the couple names and has created a fairy tale love life for them. Real life, however, cannot live up to her fantasy and the couple does not have the picture perfect relationship that Rachel has concocted. When a murder occurs, Rachel becomes entangled in the investigation because of what she has witnessed on her daily commute.
This rather bleak story with intersecting timelines is told from the viewpoint of three different women Rachel, Anne and Megan. All the women are unreliable narrators with something to hide. In fact, most of the characters in this novel, including the men, lack veracity, and are a self-serving and unsympathetic group with plenty of skeletons in their closets.
Lest I continue and divulge too much of the plot, let me just say that the twists and turns in the story are many and readers will be easily drawn in, making it easy to devour this book in one afternoon.
The story itself could actually take place anywhere; needn't have been the Home Counties in the UK. However, compared to the mindlessness of the post-yuppie suburban twits we have in the US, these UK versions are pretty soft-edged, maybe even tolerable neighbors. Maybe I'll emigrate.
The intersection of the personal narrative of the "main" protagonist and the mystery she's drawn into means there are inevitable missed turns on the plot roadmap. At one point I was flipping back through earlier pages thinking I'd either missed something or had inherited the heroine's propensity for drunken blackouts. Had this been a movie we would've commented "hmmm, guess the last half of THAT plot line ended up on the cutting room floor."
All that aside, this was a decent read and a good diversion. I look forward to reading her next effort. also look forward to what I assume will be the inevitable film version of "girl on a train", which I think could actually rectify some of the plotting and narrative blind spots of the book. ) This book is being marketed as "the next Gone Girl", but in the right hands, I think a film version of this book could be so much stronger than Gone girl, which I thought had all the predictability of ritual Kabuki theater but with a suspenseful soundtrack.
There was so much hype about this book, and I sort of see why. It’s an interesting idea, it’s a realistic thriller and it’s well written. But in my opinion, it was good book... but it wasn't great. I read it to the end and I never felt forced to finish it, but it wasn’t something I couldn't put down or that I needed to stay up and finish. I suspected the “major twist”. The characters are all annoying, but their issues are all too relevant and relatable. From manipulative men to cheating to heartbreak to alcoholism, it’s all in there. And the ending just fell a little flat. The whole book is about figuring out who the murderer is, and the revelation of the murderer and what happen afterwards are just dull and unrealistic. I liked the book, but I don't think it lived up to the hype.
As I read this, I kept thinking about that voyeuristic quality that I enjoyed in Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW. We all seem to enjoy looking into other people’s lives and catching a glimpse of what a stranger’s private life might be like.
This book kept me guessing until the last minute. Because the author narrated different chapters in the first person by three alternating characters, we are able to get to know them from the inside out, understand how their minds work, and see how they evolve as the tension of the murder mystery builds. This is a very clever way to both allow the reader to relate to the characters and their feelings, as well as to tell a story from varying viewpoints. I bet you can’t put this one down! I couldn’t!