The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

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After witnessing something shocking, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2015
ISBN: 9781594633669
1594633665
9781594634123
1594634122
Branch Call Number: FICTION Haw
Description: 323 pages ; 24 cm

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CRRL_MegS Sep 12, 2019

Rachel Watson is an alcoholic who is struggling with her husband leaving her for another woman. Following her old routine of taking the train to London every day, she sees something she shouldn't have seen and informs the police, but they don't believe her. Not all is what it seems, and Rachel so... Read More »

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After witnessing something shocking, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

"I love the mystery here, a murder mystery told from several points of view with several narrators, each more unreliable than the last. As an Anglophile, I loved the entire British-ness of it, too. And it kept me guessing through to the end." (Also on audio, as an eBook, in large print,... Read More »

After witnessing something shocking, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

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After witnessing something shocking, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


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DavidS_PACL
Jul 27, 2019

A pretty good read. If you liked "Gone Girl", you'll probably like this book, but I think this one is more cleverly crafted.

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lobster50
Jun 26, 2019

Love, love, loved this book! I felt her vagueness, her confusion and i never saw the twist in the end coming. Great read!

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nalahblueberry5
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.

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azay
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.

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jlandgraver722
Feb 16, 2019

Oh the twists and turns!

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dannimcq
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.

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Rogerhockett
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?

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robinandrews10
Feb 12, 2019

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

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tracysue
Feb 06, 2019

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

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goddessbeth
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.

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

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

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KaseyNB
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”

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LibraryGal82
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?

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Pisinga
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.”

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jimg2000
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.

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aliciamarie
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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BRINDA74033
Jan 04, 2017

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

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mysteryphile
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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Carina_Cakewalk
Sep 01, 2016

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

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