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The Girl on the Train: A Novel

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

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“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

“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 

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  1. 723 of 783 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Hitchcock style mystery of voyeuristic observation since Rear Window., November 1, 2014
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    Rachel is a woman who considers herself worthless. She feels that women are only valued for two things: their looks and their role as a mother. She is barren and rather plain looking. Unbeknownst to her landlady she has lost her job but continues to ride the commuter train twice a day. Unfortunately she must pass the home of her ex-husband Tom and his new wife Anna. They’ve recently had a child which is something Rachel was unable to produce when she was married to him. He’s moved his new family into the home that he and Rachel once shared. Tom posted a picture of himself and his newborn on Facebook with the caption that he’s never been happier.

    Rachel, in her despondency, has taken to drinking to a point where she has blackouts and forgets that she drunk calls her husband many times a night, even shows up at his home. Because of a signal malfunction she often finds her rail car stopped on the tracks next to her former home. She starts to notice another couple who live a few doors down. She refers to them as the golden couple and manufactures a narrative about their lives as she observes them each day. They gradually become important to her.

    When Megan (of the Golden Couple) disappears Rachel finds herself an integral character in the police investigation. She was seen stalking the neighborhood the night of the disappearance. She has wounds on her body that can’t be explained. Megan and Anna look enough alike that the police feel there may be mistaken identity involved.

    The book is told in three voices: Rachel, Megan and Anna. The fact that Rachel has a history of drunken blackouts and has a hard time separating fact from fiction makes her overtly suspect, even to herself. Megan has plenty of secrets of her own and Anna – is she the perfect second wife she appears to be?

    I understand that the option of this book has been picked up by DreamWorks. I can’t think of a better Hitchcock style mystery of voyeuristic observation since Rear Window.

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  2. 330 of 365 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    ALCOHOLIC AMNESIA, November 21, 2014
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    THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is a dark, haunting and depressing psychological thriller, but it’s incredibly effective thanks to the writing skills of author Paula Hawkins. Rachel is a divorced woman who would do anything for a drink, and like a lot of folks consumed by a love affair with the bottle, one might call her a victim of circumstances. Her husband Tom had an affair that resulted in a pregnancy. He divorced Rachel, married the “other woman” and now all three (husband, wife and child) are happily ensconced in the house that was once Rachel’s.

    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.

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    • Thanx for helping me, ill try my best! Well Im gnisseug you play guitar judging by your name Sing a romantic song in it while playing you guitar! Not too long or she might get bored than tell her you hope she is doing well where she lives and be all like trying to bring her up and stuff then at the very end say Bye Love you.

  3. omg omg omg i have a really awsmeoe idea right you play guitar guessing from the nameyou could play her a songor or you could have massive white cards with your feelings on erm i cant explain look on youtube on the film love actually and you can see how lovely this idea is and she will love it just look at the clip on you tube type love actually in it and it will be there

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