The Girl on the Train ~~ Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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.

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 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?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
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  • Published:
    Jan-2015 (Hardcover)
    Jul-2016 (Paperback)
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  • Age Level:
    18 & up
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There has been much hype about this book, so I was glad when my e-book came in so that I could read it. I was not disappointed with the book and, in fact, I enjoyed it more than Gone Girl and The Paying Guests, which are the two most recent books I've read of this genre. I think the three female viewpoints help to keep the book interesting and it certainly helps to maintain the tension. All three women are strong characters, and the three main male characters are realistic and strong too. Rachel is the main character, and when we meet her, she is a train wreck. She's lost her husband and her job, and she drowns her sorrows in alcohol. All the time I was reading about her blackout drunks, I felt that there was a lot more behind the drinking than even she admits to herself. Megan is another woman who has lost her job. Even though she has a husband who loves her, she is profoundly unhappy. Her sorrow is as a result of a past event that happened to her years ago, and it causes her to make many bad choices that will eventually come to a catastrophic conclusion. Anna appears to be the most normal one, but even she has personal crises that cause her distress and her "perfect" life is really not what it appears. The males that are involved with these women, both past and present, have their own demons that will have a profound impact on these women and on their lives. The thing that ties up all the loose threads in the story and all the lives of these characters is the commuter train that runs by their houses at many different times of the day. The train is the one constant thing that never changes and it's what brings all these people into proximity. As the tension builds, masks are removed and the three women finally begin to see things clearly. For some it is too late. For others a long overdue redemption finally comes to them. Nothing really is as it seems in this little community. The book is a very good psychological thriller and I enjoyed it.
Psychological thriller... good read... movie-worthy; like book better than movie
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