The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Large Print - 2015
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Rachel takes the same commuter train every day, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses. The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared. Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thorndike Press, 2015
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410477767
Branch Call Number: LT HAW
Characteristics: 497 p. ;,23 cm

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endora Jun 08, 2015

I really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down. I look forward to more from this author!


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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.

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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.

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samantha_holly
Feb 10, 2018

I checked out this book on a whim and had more or less forgotten about it. I was not particularly eager to read it but thought I had better given I needed to return it soon and hadn't yet cracked it.
This may be way I found the first half particularly difficult to get into. However, the second half of the book was absolutely enthralling and I could not put it down until I had finish.
I would file this under psychological thriller.
I would NOT recommend this book to anyone who is recovering or trying to recover from alcohol abuse, or domestic violence or abuse as it has strong imagery on these topics and I imagine could trigger someone quite easily.

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Hayley_Simmons
Feb 03, 2018

A page turner for sure! For anyone who likes to read from the thriller genre, this book is excellent. I was coming up with different theories while reading through it right up to the final reveal.

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Newmommy09
Jan 30, 2018

This was adequate, not great storytelling or writing in my opinion. I would not re-read this one.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 07, 2018

Before reading this, I actually had a teacher warn me that there was a lot of intense, mature content in here. As a teen reviewer/reader, I guess it may have been heavy at moments and not so much others due to my, as others call it, high level of maturity. I found the parts Rachel narrated a bit hard to read at times due to her constant struggles with her problems, and her attitude. However, the author kept the mystery wrapped up so well that I felt engaged enough to keep reading. I can see why this book has gained as much attention as it has. Overall, the language was okay, and plot was a good combination of revealing and interesting.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Jemma_h
Nov 28, 2017

A very average novel. It's kind of like an airplane movie; pretty average but you'd read it because there's nothing else to do. Examining the effects of alcohol abuse was fairly interesting at first, but after a while the book was just so slow that it was painful to read. After all the hype about this book, I was disappointed that it didn't live up to expectations.

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ItsAccrualWorld
Nov 24, 2017

This was okay.

I applaud the choice to write a mystery novel through the eyes of an unreliable, alcoholic, screwup of an everywoman rather than the typical flawed but brilliant detective with a heart of gold.

I also thought it was a bold choice to make all of the main players beyond flawed and almost universally unlikable.

Unfortunately, how the mystery is eventually solved is so improbable and stupidly coincidental that it tested my suspension of disbelief to the extent that I found the whole exercise to be a bit of a waste of time.

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Sclcard
Nov 08, 2017

Waste of time. Time that I can never get back. 😣.
A positive is that the author delved into, what I believe are some real consequences of these actions instead of glossing over them.
On a most basic level, reminded me of high school drama.
I was frustrated with the format.

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sapphicatthedisco
Oct 24, 2017

honestly i haven't found a book that made me feel the way i do right now since stephen king's Under the Dome. exhilerating and so worth the read!

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KaseyNB
Apr 14, 2017

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

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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”

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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?

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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.”

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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.

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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

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BRINDA74033
Jan 04, 2017

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

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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.

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Carina_Cakewalk
Sep 01, 2016

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

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