The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Book - 2015
Average Rating:
Rate this:
294
9
6
 …
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see: she's much more than just the girl on the train.
Publisher: London : 2015. Doubleday,
ISBN: 9780857522320
9780552779777
Branch Call Number: AF HAWK

Opinion

From Library Staff

One of THE MOST talked about books of 2015 which was turned into a movie featuring Emily Blunt as the lead.


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

ArapahoeMarieC Oct 01, 2018

This book was interesting and did have a few twists, however, none of the characters were sympathetic and therefore, I had problems becoming invested in the plot.

k
krzab05
Sep 17, 2018

I don't really like this book. Alcoholics are self centered annoying people who make life tough on everyone around them. They are needy and selfish and manipulative, I know I've dealt with them in real life so I don't enjoy reading about them. But as I read more I begin to feel sorry for this woman. She really wants to help solve the mystery but nobody believes anything she says, they call her "unreliable" and make her hate herself even more. She desperately wants to remember what happened on the important night when the woman went missing and she herself was hurt but it is lost in a blackout. Maybe she will recover it later. The book may be uncomfortable to read but it is making me think about the alcoholics in my life and see another side of them, a less judgmental point of view.

m
mab0411
Sep 09, 2018

This one was a wonderful, crazy ride for me. Truly a page turner, I could not put it down. I related to the main character, self destructive nature and all. Flawed complex characters are my favourites.

s
SusyHendrix
Sep 05, 2018

I wasn't impressed. All of the characters were flat and annoying, and because I couldn't find any reason to care about a one of them, there was little to no suspense for me. Though there are three different protagonists, their voices all sounded very similar. In the end, I was more irritated than anything and glad to be finished with it.

n
natcin7
Jun 20, 2018

Don't Miss This Train

February 10 2015
An absolute page turner. Once you pick up this novel you will not be able to put it down. It is a psychological thrill ride reminiscent of Hitchcock's "Rear Window." Is what we see through the window actually true? How reliable is the narrator who is a lonely alcoholic divorcee? Go along for the ride. You will not be disappointed. NC

w
WinstonO
Apr 20, 2018

After reading it, I couldn't understand why all the accolades. I found it slow moving and pretty boring. The characters were flat, not much description and never found any suspense.

c
cdbeaubien
Apr 09, 2018

I did not really like this story. Not much of a "suspenseful thriller." It seems to me that the author unfairly makes an unlikely character the murderer, after building interest in two other men, leaving their story unexplained.

o
orange_lobster_23
Mar 16, 2018

I rated this higher than it probably deserved--just one of those books that hit me the right
way. A chronically relapsing, self-pitying alcoholic voyeur as sleuth way suspensefully appealing.

h
harrissusanc
Feb 12, 2018

Down and out alcoholic, Rachel, can’t keep out of her ex husband’s entanglements and finds herself an unwitting witness. Character driven to a fault. Rachel’s the only one you feel for, but lacked fluidity of Gillian Flynn or Tana French. More like a low brow Sophie Hannah with perfect, simple vocabulary. Liked the train, but loved the weather - rain - mentioned very little, but played a big part.

g
Grimace26
Feb 11, 2018

This book caught my eye. I am a little intolerant of alcoholics...but this was a really good read.
I haven't seen the movie, so must watch it! I would have thought the story line would be difficult to portray and do justice to the book.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

s
samantha_holly
Feb 10, 2018

samantha_holly thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

b
blhipes
Dec 17, 2017

blhipes thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

g
Gray_fox_1989
Dec 03, 2017

Gray_fox_1989 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

s
sapphicatthedisco
Oct 24, 2017

sapphicatthedisco thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

n
Nutty
Nov 02, 2016

Nutty thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

k
kariatwood
Sep 11, 2016

kariatwood thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

s
sabinaaforbes
Jan 04, 2016

sabinaaforbes thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

t
truboyh14
Nov 01, 2015

truboyh14 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

n
Nvfera
Aug 31, 2015

Nvfera thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Quotes

Add a Quote

k
KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”

k
KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

“Hollowness: that I understand. I'm starting to believe that there isn't anything you can do to fix it. That's what I've taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”

l
LibraryGal82
Jun 25, 2016

I had a teacher at school who told me once that I was a mistress of self-reinvention. I didn't know what he was on about at the time, I thought he was putting me on, but I've since come to like the idea. Runaway, lover, wife, waitress, gallery manager, nanny, and a few more in between. So who do I want to be tomorrow?

p
Pisinga
Feb 29, 2016

“Living like this, the way I’m living at the moment, is harder in the summer when there is so much daylight, so little cover of darkness, when everyone is out and about, being flagrantly, aggressively happy.”

“Sometimes I catch myself trying to remember the last time I had meaningful physical contact with another person, just a hug or a heartfelt squeeze of my hand.”

“It’s possible to miss what you’ve never had, to mourn for it.”

“There’s nothing so painful, so corrosive, as suspicion.”

j
jimg2000
Aug 18, 2015

Rachel's mindset:

I had a teacher at school who told me once that I was a mistress of self-reinvention. I didn’t know what he was on about at the time, I thought he was putting me on, but I’ve since come to like the idea. Runaway, lover, wife, waitress, gallery manager, nanny, and a few more in between. So who do I want to be tomorrow? I didn’t really mean to quit, the words just came

I might have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. I might be a barren, divorced, soon-to-be-homeless alcoholic.

Parents don’t care about anything but their children. They are the centre of the universe; they are all that really counts. Nobody else is important, no one else’s suffering or joy matters, none of it is real.

I lay there and I thought of what that teacher said, and of all the things I’d been: child, rebellious teenager, runaway, whore, lover, bad mother, bad wife. I’m not sure if I can remake myself as a good wife, but a good mother—that I have to try.

a
aliciamarie
Jan 15, 2015

"Blackouts happen, and it isn't just a matter of being a but hazy about getting home from the club... Tom bought me a book about it. Not very romantic, but he was tired of listening to me tell him how sorry I was in the morning when I didn't even know what I was sorry for. I think he wanted me to see the damage I was doing, the kind of things I was capable of..." ~Rachel

Summary

Add a Summary

b
BRINDA74033
Jan 04, 2017

Enjoyed reading. Loved all the twists and turns of Rachel.

m
mysteryphile
Oct 07, 2015

"Rachel Watson, the principal narrator of Hawkins's psychologically astute debut, is obsessed with her ex-husband, Tom. She's having a hard time putting the past behind her, especially since she confronts it daily, during the hourlong commute to London from her rented room in Ashbury, Oxfordshire, when her train passes the Victorian house she once shared with Tom. She also frequently spies an attractive couple, four doors down from her former home, who she imagines to be enjoying the happily-ever-after that eluded her. Then, suddenly, the woman, pixie-ish blonde Megan Hipwell, vanishes—only to turn up on the front page of the tabloids as missing. The police want to question Rachel, after Anna, Tom's new wife, tells them that Rachel was in the area drunkenly out of control around the time of Megan's disappearance. Hawkins, formerly deputy personal finance editor of the Times of London, deftly shifts between the accounts of the addled Rachel, as she desperately tries to remember what happened, Megan, and, eventually, Anna, for maximum suspense. The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying as a train wreck and just as riveting." Agent: Lizzy Kremer, David Higham Associates (U.K.). (Jan.)
[Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz

siammarino May 07, 2015

Rachel is divorced, depressed, and alcoholic, but she manages to remember who brutally hit her, and solve the mystery of a missing woman. I liked the psychological inquiry into alcoholism and its effects, but I did get confused by the various female characters in the book.

Notices

Add Notices

c
Carina_Cakewalk
Sep 01, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The culmination of the book has a particularly gruesome scene.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at LCCL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top