The Girl on the Train: A Novel

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403 reviews

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The #1 New York Times bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year and now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple having breakfast on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
403 reviews
Jacqueline H.
June 12, 2016
What a great debut novel. I was hooked after the first page, and I couldn't put it down. In terms of the story line, there wasn't anything new under the sun here;however, Ms. Hawkins has showed that she is an incredibly insightful human being when it comes to human frailty and the consequences of following one's heart. A stellar debut novel, and I can't wait to read her next book.
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June 17, 2017
Hawkin's writing is just sublime. She creates a world you can easily envision in your mind's eye. The characters are real and she describes all the nuances of personalities that we might ponder in a fleeting moment, but largely ignore. I saw the movie before reading the book, so I knew what was coming, but it still kept me turning pages as fast as I could. Had I not seen the movie first, I think it would have been a bit confusing regarding what's happening when. But I am very much looking forward to reading her next book!
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Marie Tax
January 15, 2016
Reminded me a whole lot of gone girl. The different perspective chapters and dated chapters skipping forward and backward in the timeline kept me on my toes. Sincerely gripping. You never know what's going to happen next!!!! It's a great book. I enjoyed reading this book every night before bed on my tablet. :) definitely worth the buy to add to your collection. Mystery, thriller and some romance mixed into one. Helps remind me that not everything is as it seems!!!!
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About the author

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller. An international #1 bestseller, published in 50 countries and over 40 languages, it has sold over 11 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London. 

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