The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins and Clare Corbett and Louise Brealey and India Fisher

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture.
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.  Read more...

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More About The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; Clare Corbett; Louise Brealey; India Fisher

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture.
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

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.
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?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • ISBN-13: 9781611763737
  • ISBN-10: 1611763738
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 9
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds

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Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Psychological
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-03-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hawkins’s bestseller introduces us to a young woman named Rachel Watson, whose life has been unspooling in the years since her recent divorce. Though alcoholism and a loss of self-worth have left her jobless, she continues to commute to London by train past her old Victorian, where ex-husband Tom now lives with his new wife, Anna, and their baby girl. She also passes her neighbors Megan and Scott Hipwell, who are, in Rachel’s words, “a perfect, golden couple.” When she learns that Megan has gone missing, Rachel has a vague memory of having been in the neighborhood, inebriated, the night of the disappearance. The novel consists of dated entries in the diaries of Rachel, Anna, and Megan, portrayed in this production by a trio of actresses. All three readers perform admirably, and as the novel speeds toward its breathless whodunit conclusion and the diary entries grow shorter and shorter, it almost seems as if readers Corbett and Fisher, following the leads of their characters Rachel and Anna, are one-upping each other to have the story’s last word. A Riverhead hardcover. (Jan.)

BookPage Reviews

Audio: Whale of a tale

Richard Price set out to write a slick, quick police procedural using the pseudonym Harry Brandt. But what emerged four years later was The Whites, an intricate Price-perfect crime novel set in his signature stark, gritty urban landscape, filled with fully imagined characters with pasts and passions that resonate in the present. NYPD Detective Billy Graves anchors the story. Demoted to Manhattan night watch because he accidentally shot a Hispanic boy a decade ago, he’s still involved with the “Wild Geese,” his band of brother cops who shared their glory days working the mean streets of the East Bronx. Each of these cops, Billy included, has one case that still festers, one malicious, evil perp who didn’t get what he deserved, and each one is obsessed with getting Ahab-esque revenge on that Melvillian white whale (hence, the book’s title). More edgy, high-octane subplots play in as Price explores the gray areas, the moral ambiguities of these cops’ inner lives. The dialogue, a Price specialty, is spot-on, and narrator Ari Fliakos nails every voice, every cadence, every distinct New York accent.

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, Jill Leovy’s extraordinary exposé of how black-on-black murder in our urban centers is handled—or mishandled—could be seen as the nonfiction flip side of a Richard Price novel. It has heroes, a very few committed LAPD detectives who won’t let a murder go unsolved; deftly drawn portraits of victims and their grief-haunted families with empty eyes; gang members who kill without remorse and younger almost-

accidental killers; and witnesses who risk their lives to come forward. But Leovy, who covered crime for the Los Angeles Times and embedded herself with a precinct in Watts, isn’t just telling gripping stories. Her in-depth, years-long research offers a reality check, especially vital now, and an inconvenient truth: Letting the vast majority of murders of black men go unsolved, letting our criminal justice system fail, says that murdering black men is OK, that we (and it’s a big we) will let this plague continue.

Every publisher in the English-speaking world, and well beyond, has been looking for the next Gone Girl. And The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins’ best-selling domestic thriller, may be it. It may also be one of the best suspense audios of the year. Hawkins’ cleverly plotted tale keeps listeners slightly off-kilter. Her three narrators, Rachel, Megan and Anna, given voice by three excellent readers, are unreliable in different ways. Rachel’s messy, blackout-filled alcoholism has left her a voyeur, peering out the train window every day at Megan, half of the “golden couple” whose life she covets. Rachel makes cringe-producing attempts to get attention from her former husband, now married to Anna and living down the street from Megan. When Megan goes missing and a media cyclone follows, bleary Rachel feels compelled to get involved. In non-spoiler mode, that’s all I’ll say about this oddly connected trio. But I can say that a diabolical twist awaits.


This article was originally published in the May 2015 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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