The Girl on the Train (Movie Tie-In)

The Girl on the Train (Movie Tie-In)

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by Paula Hawkins
     
 

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.
 
The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.
 
“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.
 
The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.
 
“Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train.”—Vanity Fair

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
 
“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 Boston Globe

Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People 
 
 
EVERY DAY THE SAME
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 breakfasting 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.

UNTIL TODAY
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?

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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 ofRear 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735212152
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/23/2016
Edition description:
Movie Tie-In
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,172
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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Meet 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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The Girl on the Train: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1527 reviews.
PaulAllard More than 1 year ago
Suspense novel suited to the female market perhaps This thriller is narrated by three main female characters: Rachel is the main character, an alcoholic jobless woman who is struggling to get her life back on track. Megan, also unemployed, who lives in a house facing the train track along which Rachel’s train stops every day. Anna, Rachel’s ex-husband’s second wife, who lives a few doors up from Megan. Megan goes missing and Rachel spends her time trying to work out what happened to her. The plot involves the men in their lives and Rachel’s attempts to find out the truth about Megan’s fate while perhaps getting her life in order. None of the characters are particularly likeable and all of them lie which makes finding the truth tricky. I found the book a bit slow and was tempted to abandon it halfway through. However I persisted and found it engaging in the end. Perhaps it is better suited to the female reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! What happens when you know information on a missing person but no one will believe you because you are an "unreliable witness?" That is what Rachel, the main character in this book, is going through in this thriller that is completely reminiscent of Hitchcock's Rear window. It was written from the prospectives of three different women. All characters are train wrecks waiting to happen. It was like watching a wreck happen in slow motion. There were lots of twists and turns and just when I thought I had it pegged, I would find out something else and be steered in a different direction. Though I did not care much for any of the characters, the book was extremely well written. The author did an amazing job of building the intensity of the plot. It did start a little slow, but as the story progressed, I just could not put it down! I had to find out what happened to Meghan -- the missing girl. The author also did a great job of portraying the life of an alcoholic. She hit the nail on the head with that one. Anyway, incredible job for a debut book. I absolutely will be looking for more from this author. Thanx Ms. Hawkins for a fantastic read and a night of no sleep! :~) -- SPeeD
isniffbooks More than 1 year ago
I hope unputdownable is a legit word because it most definitely describes THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN! So glad to report that THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN definitely lives up to all the pre-release buzz and anticipation! So I begin on page 1 (where else?!) and I’m reading, reading, reading — there’s just this hard-to-define quality that makes it so easy to get sucked into the story right away — and I’m turning page after page, and then, bam! The next chapter switches to someone else’s point of view. I should have expected this since the first chapter was titled Rachel, but the chapter heading was just something I noticed and promptly forgot about as I dove into the story. And I was like, who is this new person?! What about Rachel?! What is going on?! But I ended up loving how the narration changed for each chapter — it leaves readers wanting more because Hawkins often concludes chapters with mini-cliffhangers or an unexpected revelation. And speaking of narration, I really liked how things (a vague term, I know, but I don’t want to spoil anything!) were revealed. Little clues, from the past and present, that just paint a bigger picture as to who the characters are and what brought them to their present state-of-affairs. I loved how with the drop of a sentence, Hawkins could completely change what you thought was going on with someone and their situation. This same effect can also get you to empathize with an unlikable character — because these characters are definitely flawed and have their own issues and secrets. I stayed up well past midnight to finish up THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. I will admit though, I was a tiny bit disappointed in how things were revealed (starting around page 260 or so) and wrapped up. But overall, I really enjoyed my reading experience — I even gasped aloud a few times startling my husband out of his own reading reverie. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is an impressive first novel and I’d definitely read whatever Hawkins writes next. As a side note, there is profanity in this book. However, the explicit language choices did make sense in character and context so, much to my surprise, it didn’t end up being an issue for me. Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't be able to put this down! I felt for Rachel and mourned for all she had been through. I couldn't stop reading. An amazing book, you will tear through the chapters wanting more. I look forward to more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so aggravated with myself for wasting my time finishing this book. None of the characters were likeable. If the train had run over all of them it would have been a better story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow and a bit choppy to start, the main character not remembering things became tiresome and repetitive. The story became more interesting as it went on, though. Actually seemed as though the writing got better too as the plot progressed. All in all, not bad for a debut novel, but the comparisons to "Gone Girl" are misleading. The only thing the two books have in common is the first person narration changes throughout.
mob More than 1 year ago
In spite of positive critical reviews and best seller status, I found this to be a rather dissatisfying "Gone Girl" (GG) wannabe. Without spoiling the plot for those of you who want to read it anyway, it replicates GG's basically unlikable main characters. In fact, none of the characters in this book have much going for them that way. It also copies the narrative technique of switching storytellers throughout the book. However, the switches are between three characters and uneven in the timing, so I found myself going back and forth between chapters to check on the when the particular narrative was occurring. Which brings me to a major peeve. The chapters are named with both the character name and date. However, the Table of Contets only lists the character name, so you can't go back and get a sense of timing from looking at the TOC. All you get is a list of names. Given the disjointed sequencing of the chapters, this is very frustrating. The main character and storyteller is Rachel, a young woman whose life has descended into a messy, alcoholic haze after a battle with infertility and the break-up of her marriage. Her thoughts break from reality and it can be a little difficult figuring out when she's talking in reality, her daydreams or from a drunken stupor. The other main character is Megan, a young married with a secret, and in my book, a major case of borderline personality. Another storyteller whose narrative is harder to follow than necessary. The third voice is more straightforward and doesn't have much depth. I love a good mystery and part of the enjoyment for me is figuring it all out by the end. For me, this ending cheated the reader because it didn't come from a connect-the-dots progression of events. I expected more.
Rowanhood More than 1 year ago
This book is SO AWFUL!   Super slow.  I hate that all the women in the story define their lives by the men in their lives (and I'm a man!).  You break up with someone and therefor you no longer have friends???   And of course you can't possibly move on....  The female characters in this book are so sad, it's embarrassing.  I'm more than halfway through, and I just can't anymore.  There is very little suspense.  It's a total snoozefest!  NEXT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like this book a lot, different type of plot, unfolds very well, made it fun to quess who done it. I hope to see many more books from this creative and fesh author. Great story, artfully written.
Pugs11 More than 1 year ago
Finished this book in one day, simply couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a thriller but more a muddled mess of skipping around from character to character and boring in it's redundancy. A real waste of money and more's the shame the time to read it. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! The characters are so disturbed yet you don't dislike them. I was unsure of who did it until the end. I couldn't put it down but at the same time, didn't want to finish it because I loved it so much!! Read this if you loved Gone Girl or The Silent Wife.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So repetitive a scenario that boredom became routine. Very Disappointing. 1Star
janedds More than 1 year ago
This is a very tiresome novel.  We chose it for our book club but I did not enjoy it at all and was sorry that we hadn't chosen something with more substance. Much of the dialogue is simplistic and, frankly, boring.  I'm not sure how it got to be a best seller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really don't understand the great reviews for this book.  I guessed the ending almost right away.  I found the repetitive storyline to be so monotonous that I skipped the middle part of the book to go toward the ending.  I did not miss anything in between.   My guess is that the people who read this book and found it interesting, must not read many books.  If you have to read it, borrow it from someone and spend your money elsewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to read and it is seldom that I can't finish a book - but this was the exception.
1SatinDoll More than 1 year ago
Slow to get started, and was tempted to abandon it halfway through. However I finished ,and found it average in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring
ohiovalleygirl More than 1 year ago
I feel like this book insulted my intelligence.  The main character belonged in a psychiatric unit, not a train.  I kept asking myself, "Who does this?"  I was so disappointed as the reviews made it sound so good.  This book was a waste of a good idea for a book.  I wish I could get my money back. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our book club chose it because of good reviews and promises that it was like GONE GIRL. Only two people gave it a 3. the rest of us found all the characters flat and unappealing with no redeeming virtues. We didn't care who did it or what happened to the protagonists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the entire book only because I bought it. Not one character to sympathize with. Halfway through I wanted to get off the train, but on and on I read as the story repeated itself over and over, and the train rides all melted together into one sleep inducing bad dream of a book. A friend was reading All The Light We Cannot See, and as soon as I finished this train wreck of a book I began reading Doerr's book. That novel is wonderful. I loved it.
HedwigsFeather More than 1 year ago
Don't even waste your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not spend your money on this book. The reviews are misleading. It is a dark, depressing and an ugly story. There are much better books out there such as "Defending Jacob".
bookworm919 More than 1 year ago
Why this book got so many stars is the biggest mystery of this book.  It lacked suspense or anything to hold my interest.  It was boring with totally unlikable characters that did not act in any way that made sense.  I stuck with the book because I thought there would be some payoff at the end, but no such luck.  Lackluster ending on a lackluster book.