The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Large Print - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410477767
Branch Call Number: LP FIC HAW
Characteristics: 497 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Jemmalee
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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Kmum1
Oct 22, 2017

Did this book not get great reviews? Lent to me by a friend I was so excited to start reading it. The beginning had me intrigued, I mean who doesn't love a little people watching? By midway I had an inkling about who was responsible. I wanted to love this book but by the end I was merely searching for whether or not who I thought was responsible actually was. On a side note, I saw the movie and had the same thoughts about it as the book - good but not great.

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EvaLynne_59
Oct 14, 2017

I normally finish a book, but this one could not keep my attention and I ended up returning it without finishing it. I just could not get into the story, I guess I never got to the part where the story picked up.

Maybe, someday, I'll check it out again and try to finish it.

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dotsg13
Oct 09, 2017

This was a quality thriller. It hit a little close to home; my significant other had just completed rehab for an addiction to alcohol. Some of the passages referring to alcohol and the effects really made me feel sick and sorry for the main character. I thought the author painted a fairly accurate picture of alcoholism. I saw the plot twist a mile away but I still enjoyed the book. Worth the read if you like this genre.

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cindytrinh0207
Sep 30, 2017

the beginning was too slow for me, I almost gave up on the book but i decided to kept on reading because of the good reviews that i've read. After the 40th page the plot started to pick up it's pace and became really interesting. I'm glad I kept reading.

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montse93
Aug 28, 2017

This book kept me on the tips of my toes. It was definitely a page turner for me. I might be biased as I love thriller books. Although I had seen the movie long before reading the book the book still kept me surprised. I will definitely read this again!

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telger
Jul 19, 2017

One of my favorite books - I stayed up and read and read until 1:00 am and then suffered the consequences when I woke up and went to work. But the vivid scenes remained with me.

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Oct 24, 2017

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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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