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The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

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Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough.

Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar.

Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train…

About the Author

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller. it has been published in over forty languages and has been a No.1 bestseller around the world. It has been optioned for film by Dreamworks.

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The Girl on the Train
 
4.2

(based on 36 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Keeps you guessing (26)
  • Page turner (19)
  • Suspenseful (18)
  • Great twist (17)
  • Well written (17)

Cons

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  • Gift (17)
  • Travel reading (17)
  • Older readers (6)
  • Younger readers (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A simple, heartfelt book that is complex enough 2 turn pages

Im always hunting for a good entertaining book which absorbs you in its characters and plot line. I purchased this on an online whim and off recommendations like this one.

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Im always hunting for a good entertaining book which absorbs you in its characters and plot line. I purchased this on an online whim and off recommendations like this one.

This is an easy read. Not terribly in depth or hard to keep up with, however this simplicity of the read was married with an interesting change up of character monologue each chapter.

The protagonist whilst somewhat depressing was equally engaging and you cant help but like her despite being frustrated at times with her character. I was aching to feel more for her as her human nature and flaws should have brought more compassionate tears and less frustration but perhaps I'm too jaded by my own real life.
If you're considering this book i urge you to try it out and stick through it... its worth a read.

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Can't Understand Why It's a Best Seller

Just because it's a best seller doesn't make it a great read. It was poorly written. Every Character was unbalanced and completely self absorbed except the flat mate and she was a walking door...Read complete review

Just because it's a best seller doesn't make it a great read. It was poorly written. Every Character was unbalanced and completely self absorbed except the flat mate and she was a walking door mat. The plot was unbelievably boring. I skipped several chapters in the middle and STILL got the murderer. See the movie...it wastes less time.

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5.0

Suspenseful read

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from South Australia

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers

    Comments about The Girl on the Train:

    Loved every second reading this book

     
    5.0

    a great book suspense to the end...

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    from Australia

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Keeps You Guessing
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

    Cons

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      • Gift

      Comments about The Girl on the Train:

      Suspenseful to the end

       
      4.0

      Good read

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      from Victoria, Australia

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      Pros

      • Keeps You Guessing

      Cons

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        • Gift

        Comments about The Girl on the Train:

        At first I thought the hype about this book was a bit overstated, but kept turning to the next page, good start, then as the story was unfolding I was hooked couldn't wait to get to the next page and then when I had reached the unexpected end was sorry it had finished. Great read, would recommend to everyone.

         
        4.0

        Interest reading with suspense.

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        from Australia

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        Comments about The Girl on the Train:

        Usually read at night and restrict myself to read for no more than an hr. This story gives me thoughts to linger on.

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        2.0

        Very disappointed with this book.

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        from Western Australia

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Poorly Written

          Best Uses

          • Spider sqasher

          Comments about The Girl on the Train:

          I can't quite work out why this is a best seller. I was looking forward to getting a great page turner but I was left disappointed. I don't think it was well written, didn't make me want to stay up reading it and left me with a sense of "why did I waste my time with it"....So overall I would not recommend it.

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          2.0

          Can't Understand Why It's a Best Seller

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          from Kingaroy QLD Aust

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Boring Characters
            • Disjointed
            • Poorly Written

            Best Uses

            • People With Lots of Time on Their Hands
            • Travel Reading
            • Younger Readers

            Comments about The Girl on the Train:

            Just because it's a best seller doesn't make it a great read. It was poorly written. Every Character was unbalanced and completely self absorbed except the flat mate and she was a walking door mat. The plot was unbelievably boring. I skipped several chapters in the middle and STILL got the murderer. See the movie...it wastes less time.

             
            4.0

            Worth a read

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            from WA

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            Pros

            • Great Twist
            • Keeps You Guessing
            • Page Turner

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel Reading

              Comments about The Girl on the Train:

              Great read for a lazy afternoon.

               
              4.0

              Good story, Hope the movie is as good as the book.

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              from Tea Gardens, N.S.W.

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Great Twist
              • Keeps You Guessing
              • Well Written

              Cons

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                • Gift

                Comments about The Girl on the Train:

                For relaxation

                 
                4.0

                Suspenseful read

                By 

                from Australia

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Twist
                • Keeps You Guessing
                • Suspenseful
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Travel Reading

                  Comments about The Girl on the Train:

                  Thoroughly enjoyed the read.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great suspenseful read!

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                  from Melbourne

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                  Pros

                  • Great Characters
                  • Great Twist
                  • Keeps You Guessing
                  • Original Story
                  • Page Turner
                  • Suspenseful
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel Reading

                    Comments about The Girl on the Train:

                    Loved reading this book. I loved Gone Girl and this book was equally as good in my opinion. Great characters that you gradually learnt more about as the story went on.

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                    "Really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night. The alcoholic narrator is dead perfect." * STEPHEN KING * "The thriller scene will have to up its game if it's to match Hawkins this year" * Observer * "A complex and increasingly chilling tale courtesy of a number of first-person narratives that will wrong-foot even the most experienced of crime fiction readers" * Irish Times * "achieves a sinister poetry . . . Hawkins keeps the nastiest twist for last" * Financial Times * "Hawkins' masterful deployment of unwittingly unreliable narration to evoke the aftershocks of abuse and trauma is a powerful way of exploring women's marginalization" * Huffington Post *

                    Paula Hawkins

                    Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She is the author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train was published in 50 countries and over 40 languages. It has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture.  Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London. 

                    Visit Paula Hawkins's Booktopia Author Page


                    ISBN: 9780552779777
                    ISBN-10: 0552779776
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 512
                    Published: 2nd May 2016
                    Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
                    Country of Publication: GB
                    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 2.6
                    Weight (kg): 0.3