The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
A Novel

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146 Critic Reviews

The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying as a train wreck and just as riveting.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Don't miss Paula Hawkins' new novel, Into the Water, coming May 2017.
 
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 
 
 
EVERY DAY THE SAME
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.

UNTIL TODAY
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?
 
 
 
 

 

About Paula Hawkins

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Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in London. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.
 
Published January 13, 2015 by Riverhead Books. 326 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Girl on the Train
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Nov 06 2014

Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession’s inescapable links to violence.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Nov 07 2014

The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying as a train wreck and just as riveting.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Jean hanff korelitz on Jan 30 2015

It’s difficult to imagine any way these events could be rendered credible, but “The Girl on the Train” is further impaired by its narrative structure...

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NY Times

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Reviewed by The Associated Press on Jan 12 2015

Intense character studies complement the realistic plot. Hawkins creatively uses the unreliable narrator as "The Girl on the Train" alternates among the first-person recollections of Rachel, Anna and Megan...Hawkins delivers an original debut that keeps the exciting momentum of "The Girl on the Train" going until the last page.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jan 04 2015

One sign of this book’s ingenuity is the way key details are effortlessly omitted. And you’re not apt to miss them until the denouement, when it is pointed out that certain characters never appeared and supposed facts were never explained.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Alison Flood on Jan 19 2015

Hawkins is assured and confident, plaiting together the stories of her three narrators and moving back and forth in time as she narrows in on one fateful – and forgotten, in Rachel’s case – night...The thriller scene will have to up its game if it’s to match Hawkins this year.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Suzi Feay on Jan 08 2015

Hawkins juggles perspectives and timescales with great skill, and considerable suspense builds up along with empathy for an unusual central character who does not immediately grab the reader. “Ingenious” twists usually violate psychological plausibility, as in Gone Girl. Hawkins’s Girl is a less flashy, but altogether more solid creation.

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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Jennie on Jul 24 2015

All that said, the book has its strengths. It’s smoothly written. It worked for me as a suspense novel – as the story went on, I did become quite invested in the resolution of the mystery. I wanted to know what happened to Megan and why.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Jan 13 2015

...what really makes The Girl on the Train such a gripping novel is Hawkins' remarkable understanding of the limits of human knowledge, and the degree to which memory and imagination can become confused.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Michael Schaub on Jan 13 2015

This is Hawkins' first thriller...but it doesn't read like the work of someone new to suspense. The novel is perfectly paced...what really makes The Girl on the Train such a gripping novel is Hawkins' remarkable understanding of the limits of human knowledge, and the degree to which memory and imagination can become confused.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by David Shaffer on Jan 10 2015

There is no predictable dead body discovered at the end of the first chapter, as in half the mysteries you’ve ever read...Hawkins’ tale of love, regret, violence and forgetting is an engrossing psychological thriller with plenty of surprises...The novel gets harder and harder to put down as the story screeches toward its unexpected ending.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Karina Wetherbee on Apr 05 2015

“The Girl On The Train” is the perfect summer book, a fun pool-side read or while traveling… maybe by train—just take care, you never know what you might see when you look out the window.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Amy Goodfellow Wagner on Feb 21 2015

Barreling along like a high-speed train, this riveting page-turner is certain to be compared to Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl.” Make no mistake: “The Girl on the Train” is even better.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Jennifer Lafferty on Feb 08 2015

This is no ordinary mystery novel. It is a multi-layered story that keeps the reader guessing. The fact that it is told from different perspectives adds dimension, although it can be confusing at times.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by John Gapper on Jan 30 2015

The novel is at its best in the moment of maximum confusion, when neither the reader nor the narrators know what is occurring. When the lens twists into focus, it produces an ending that feels quite familiar.

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Washington Times

Above average
Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill on Jan 12 2015

Intense character studies complement the realistic plot. Hawkins creatively uses the unreliable narrator as “The Girl on the Train” alternates among the first-person recollections of Rachel, Anna and Megan. What each of these women doesn’t know about the other - and what they have surmised about each other’s lives - make for an energized story.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jan 14 2015

You might want to set aside enough time to read THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN twice --- once to enjoy, and another to appreciate how well Hawkins has crafted the twists, turns and sleights of hand that make this Hitchcockian thriller such a pleasure to read and wonder at.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Madison Vain on Jan 19 2015

It’s a thriller, so I won’t go much further. But since Gone Girl, this is the first plot I’ve read that moves with such force. It pushes deep into its characters—who, by the way, are near impossible to like...and the exploration of what makes them tick heightens the suspense of the mystery.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Leah Greenblatt on Jan 07 2015

Investing in narrators who aren’t just unreliable but often hard to like isn’t always easy. First-time novelist Paula Hawkins is playing a long game, though, and she pulls off a thriller’s toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn’t see coming.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by MAX LIU on Feb 03 2015

Rachel’s alcoholism feels like a plot device, not an illness. There’s too much narration of this ilk: "My head swims, my mouth floods with saliva…" The book explores power, betrayal, relationships, while ratcheting tension. Does it justify the publisher’s comparison? If you can see the bandwagon it’s probably gone.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by Doug Johnstone on Jan 17 2015

The Girl on the Train is a tight thriller with some refreshingly realistic nasty characterisation and an intricate interweaving of narrative voices, but its narrow vision lacks some of the expansive social commentary of its American contemporaries...

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Huffington Post

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Reviewed by Claire Fallon on Feb 04 2015

Hawkins keeps the tension high, right up until the perhaps slightly over-dramatic conclusion — but if the final scenes are slightly absurd, the pay-off, at least, is fantastic, answering every moment of delicious suspense that’s built up throughout the novel.

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The Boston Globe

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Reviewed by Heidi Pitlor on Jan 03 2015

Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages...the welcome echoes of “Rear Window” throughout the story and its propulsive narrative make “The Girl on the Train” an absorbing read.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Reviewed by Margie Romero on Apr 20 2015

But none of this slows the pace of the story. It’s tempting to say that it accelerates with the speed of a train, but chugging Amtrak wishes it could move with “Girl” power.

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Open Letters Monthly

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Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on Mar 01 2015

Classic and intensely boring. The cascade of coincidences that starts the whole derivative mess of this novel going is matched by the further coincidences and cliches that keep it going, and Inspector Clouseau could correctly anticipate the novel’s one-two “surprise” climax.

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20Something Reads

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jan 14 2015

You might want to set aside enough time to read THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN twice --- once to enjoy, and another to appreciate how well Hawkins has crafted the twists, turns and sleights of hand that make this Hitchcockian thriller such a pleasure to read and wonder at.

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Bestsellersworld

Above average
Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair on Apr 29 2015

...in spite of strongly disliking the lot of them, after Megan disappeared, the book was compelling. I wanted to know what happened and why. I’d suggest picking it up and giving it a try, but just know at the onset, this is a soap opera not a reinvention of Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

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About.com Bestsellers

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Reviewed by Jeffrey Somers on May 14 2015

Gone Girl’s a great book, make no mistake—read it, you’ll love it. But The Girl on the Train is better.

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We Love This Book

Above average
Reviewed by Megan Brown on Jan 23 2015

What struck me most after finishing it is that I didn’t actually like any of the characters...having said that, this is in fact what I loved about the book. The characters are selfish, self-obsessed, angry and spiteful and it is for all of those reasons that they were so brutally real.

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Jacksonville.com

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Reviewed by Anne Payne on Feb 08 2015

The author does a creditable job juggling the possibilities until all is revealed in the final chapters.

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The Miami Herald

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Reviewed by Connie Ogle on Jan 23 2015

Hawkins carefully sets up this intriguing premise, one moment playing on our empathy for the grieving Rachel, the next stirring new suspicions of her. Can we believe her version of events when by her own admission, her memory is untrustworthy...Readers, however, have it easier: They won’t soon forget The Girl on the Train.

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The National

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Reviewed by LUCY SCHOLES on Jan 08 2015

...I have to admit that I found the plot more than a little clunky and slow-moving in parts...what grated the most was the fact that Hawkins’ envisioning of each of the three central female characters was determined entirely by their fertility (or lack thereof).

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NY Daily News

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Reviewed by Sherryl Connelly on Jan 18 2015

Either way, “The Girl on the Train” is a complex and thoroughly chilling psychological thriller...Three women, each presenting a foreboding interior dialogue, map a landscape of menace. “The Girl on the Train” is one of those books where you can’t wait — yet almost can’t bear — to turn the page. It’s a stunning novel of dread.

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Chicago Tribune

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Reviewed by Madeline Dahlman on Mar 12 2015

Fair warning, while you won't be able to put it down, you might find your blood pressure rocketing from the stress of turning each page. "The Girl on the Train" is the psychological thriller you've been waiting for and I think you'll find that it's been worth the wait.

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Cleveland.com

Above average
Reviewed by Joanna Connors on Jan 15 2015

Hawkins...is a witty, sharp writer with a gift for creating complex female characters...Hawkins appears to have less interest in her male characters, however, which turns out to be a fairly big flaw as the plot chugs along to its resolution. It's unexpected – as expected – but also unsatisfying, leaving me feeling a bit cheated.

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Daily Kos

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Reviewed by Susan Grigsby on Jan 19 2015

Just when I thought that I had had enough of mysteries, that I had become bored with the genre, and was thinking about switching to non-fiction or fantasy, I found a work of such brilliance that it reminded me of what I love about mysteries.

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DNA

Good
on Apr 15 2015

Hawkins has proved her mettle as a writer in her first thriller book, not to mention that her book will definitely be called one of the best of the year.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Madison Vain on Jan 19 2015

It’s a thriller, so I won’t go much further. But since Gone Girl, this is the first plot I’ve read that moves with such force.

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Bookin With Sunny.

Excellent
Reviewed by Ann Ronald on Aug 16 2015

I strongly recommend what is a psychologically monstrous book, but one that simultaneously is absolutely fascinating.

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Shots

Good
Reviewed by Kristopher Zgorski on Feb 11 2015

...the reality is that The Girl on the Train is quite unique in its storytelling style, plot, and resolution...the novel is simply a strong addictive debut and a book that most fans of psychological thrillers are sure to enjoy...Paula Hawkins has created a complex, yet completely believable plot which will keep readers on tenterhooks throughout.

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The Australian

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Reviewed by SUE GREEN on Feb 28 2015

The notion of the unwitting witness on the other side of the glass has long been a crime fiction staple; think Rear Window. But in having her witness cross the line, Hawkins takes a somewhat cliched idea and subverts it, adroitly playing with and undermining her readers’ assumptions and expectations.

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Lancashire Evening Post

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Reviewed by NICOLA ADAM on Oct 14 2015

Without giving away the story, this is a page-turner with just the right amount of mystery to keep you guessing, plenty of dark with chinks of light, all told from a perspective that made it a breath of fresh air.

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Stuff

Above average
Reviewed by Jocelyn McClurg on Jan 14 2015

Rachel is too addled to be as diabolically clever as Gone Girl's Amazing Amy, and the novel's heavy Brit orientation can be distracting...But while she may not have Flynn's razor-sharp black humor, Hawkins is no slouch in the plotting department. Train takes a while to get rolling, but once it does, hang on tight.

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The American Book Center Blog

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Reviewed by Patty Friedrichs on Mar 20 2015

The awfully thin line between having it all and being one vodka-martini away from going completely off the rails (I’m terribly sorry…) is much more terrifying. I loved it and am curious to see what else Paula Hawkins has in store.

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Chron

Above average
Reviewed by OLINE H. COGDILL on Jan 12 2015

British journalist Paula Hawkins deftly imbues her debut psychological thriller with inventive twists and a shocking denouement...Hawkins delivers an original debut that keeps the exciting momentum of "The Girl on the Train" going until the last page.

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TimesUnion.com

Good
Reviewed by Amy Jones on Mar 24 2015

The book sucked me in right away and I finished it in two days. Although it was not nearly as twisted as Gone Girl, the plot surprises kept me hanging on to find out what happens next. I just had to know how the pieces fit.

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Splash Magazine

Above average
Reviewed by Gerald Everett Jones on Sep 09 2015

Debut novelist Paula Hawkins knows her craft. At its basis, The Girl on the Train is an ingeniously twisted mystery. It’s a woman-jeopardy plot with multiple victims. But, be warned, there are occasional bouts of intense domestic violence.

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Coachella Valley Weekly

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Reviewed by Heidi Simmons on Mar 05 2015

Author Hawkins’ writing is smooth and easy. Her characters act and talk like real people. I just didn’t like or care about them. But for many women, The Girl on the Train shows how easy it is to get derailed by men.

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Otago Daily Times

Above average
on Feb 09 2015

The third narrator, Megan, lives in the same street next to the railway and midway through the story goes missing. Rachel sees Megan most days from the train and fantasises her as Jess partnered with Jason (real name Scott). Confused? You will be if you read the book, but in an intriguing way. The story is quite suspenseful, if disorganised.

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The Times Weekly.com

Good
on Feb 14 2015

And as for trying to figure out whodunit, you can forget about that until the final pages. Author Paula Hawkins keeps her readers in the dark, right alongside her characters, right until the light dawns on one of them and we get the Aha! moment that mystery mavens relish.

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by PenandPencil on Jun 15 2016

Some disappointing characters (little diversity in personality) Lots of enemies (you won’t like a lot of the characters) So, is The Girl on the Train worth the read? Well, it depends, despite my patronizing cons. Hawkins did a great job creating a vivid storyline and offers a rich learning experience for her readers.

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Reviewing the Evidence

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Reviewed by Yvonne Klein on Jan 01 2015

...Hawkins carries it off with amazing aplomb for a debut and by the end, we are firmly on Rachel's side, willing her to survive. Though it has been frequently compared with GONE GIRL, this is a different book. There's more meat on this girl's bones and the challenge it presents to the reader is one that may strike closer to home.

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Curled Up

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Reviewed by Luan Gaines on Jun 09 2015

The result is a final confrontation that will leave you shocked, as sickly fascinated as a fatal wreck along the highway. Brilliantly orchestrated, The Girl on the Train explores human nature at its darkest and most desperate.

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Booking Mama

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Reviewed by Julie P. on Jan 13 2015

This book is fantastic! It's intriguing, suspenseful, and most definitely played with my mind -- talk about an unreliable narrator...As far as mysteries go, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN had a good one. I was blindsided a few times and the ending sure did pack a powerful punch.

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That's What She Read

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Reviewed by Michelle on Jan 27 2015

While it is easy to thoroughly enjoy the action and the thrills of The Girl on the Train, it is ultimately one of those novels that can never live up to the generated hype. Readers looking for the next big mind-blowing novel are only going to experience disappointment.

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Reviewed by Kimberly on Feb 02 2015

The Girl on the Train is best revealed as events unfold. It is what gives it that Hitchcock thriller vibe. Filled with twists and turns these characters will repulse you as quickly as they will make you feel for them.

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http://skrishnasbooks.com

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Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Feb 10 2015

So, if you enjoy psychological thrillers, then Girl on the Train should absolutely be on your list. It’s a book people will probably be talking about for awhile, and for good reason. It’s compelling and compulsive, and even when you hate everything that’s happening, you just won’t be able to put it down.

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Before It's News

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Reviewed by Kate on Nov 25 2015

This is an example of a book I loved despite disliking all of the main characters. I think this is difficult for an author to accomplish – keeping the reader interested when there's nothing redeemable about the characters.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Excellent
Reviewed by Jenn on Jan 23 2015

...it was the storyline that propelled me through this read. Incredibly well-written, expertly crafted, this is one of those thriller that will generate reviews and reactions that run the gamut of positive and negative....Highly recommended.

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All the Books I Can Read

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Reviewed by 1GIRL2MANYBOOKS on Jan 12 2015

The Girl On The Train starts out with a glimpse into a dissolute and ruined life and inserts it into a mystery. The story gently guides you along in one direction before neatly presenting the first of many twists and turns...This was a tight, enjoyable thriller that I had to read in a single sitting.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Above average
Reviewed by Kristie on Apr 03 2015

This novel was recommended to me by a friend and I am glad I read it. I enjoyed it enough that I would also recommend it but I wouldn’t tell someone that it is the greatest book out there because it really isn’t...

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A Bookworm's World

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Reviewed by Luanne on Jan 13 2015

Hawkins keeps the reader guessing as the story twists and turns, changing with every revelation, memory and action. Who is telling the truth? What did really happen...The Girl on the Train is a great psychological thriller and is absolutely recommended.

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Once Upon a Twilight

Excellent
Reviewed by Pauline on Jul 31 2015

...once I got into the story, and all of the characters were sorted out in my mind, I was completely sucked in and couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this book and I give it 5 Stars!

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Maryse's Book Blog

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Reviewed by Maryse on Jan 24 2015

Sad. Fascinating. Manic. YES! That’s a great way to describe some of these characters. And me, while I was reading it. Good times!!!

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Literate Housewife

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Reviewed by Jennifer on Feb 04 2015

It was as if Paula Hawkins wrote The Girl on the Train with audiobook listeners like me in mind. It is an amazing, satisfying experience from beginning to end. I look forward to whatever comes next from Hawkins...

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Literary Exploration

Above average
Reviewed by MICHAEL KITTO on Dec 24 2014

This thriller mainly happens on a psychological level and the reader gets an insight into the effects of emotional abuse. There is a lot to be said about The Girl on the Train and I think this would make an excellent pick for a book club.

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Book Chatter

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Reviewed by Ti on Feb 26 2015

But, honestly, Rachel’s antics were a little tiring. Just when I started to grow bored with her, some critical piece of info would surface and then I’d be flipping pages again. I suppose that’s a sign of true suspense because there was no way I was going to put the book down.

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Nomad Reader

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on Feb 23 2015

The Girl on the Train is a satisfying page turner. It is both a suspenseful, engaging read and a thoughtful exploration of the dark periods of life. Its flawed characters are as fascinating as their actions are at times confounding and heartbreaking.

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TotallyBookedBlog

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Reviewed by Rachel on Jul 24 2015

This book was well written and took me on an uncomfortable ride. I felt strange for days after I had finished, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

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Bibliophile By the Sea

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Reviewed by (Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea on Jan 28 2015

The characters are all unlikeable, yet well drawn and interesting to read about, and for me this psych thriller was less about solving the mystery and more about the characters. It's one of those stories that reinforces how little we really know about others based on outward appearance. Overall a very good debut novel.

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Reading on a Rainy Day

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Reviewed by Athira on Sep 14 2015

Ultimately, I was disappointed with this one, but I was expecting that based on some of the reviews I have read. I'm not even sure if I am happy that I finally read it. Goes to show that reading something because it is hyped doesn't necessarily make you feel like reading it was time well-spent.

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Book Chick City

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Reviewed by Rebecca on Feb 06 2015

This book is an absolutely fantastic thriller, and I loved how such a simple concept could develop into something so much bigger.

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Annette's Book Spot

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Reviewed by Annette on Sep 29 2015

If you are a fan of the twisted who-done-it, (as long as you can handle the characterizations and subject matter) then you should definitely pick up The Girl on the Train. Teens should like this one too.

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Confessions of a Book Addict

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Reviewed by Christina on Feb 05 2015

Hawkins had me guessing right up till the last page. Since she is a debut author, I was thoroughly impressed and have my eye on her future work. So, if you are a fan of really well done psychological thrillers and loved Gone Girl, then check out The Girl on the Train. You won't be disappointed.

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Rated Reads

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Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim on Jun 17 2016

As this mystery unfolds, readers get mostly Rachel’s point of view, which is alternately sad, annoying and terrifying...The Girl on the Train is a pretty satisfying mystery that makes for a quick, entertaining read.

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Bermuda Onion's Weblog

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on Jan 29 2015

I found Hawkins writing to be sharp and thought she did a wonderful job building suspense. I didn’t figure out the mystery but found its conclusion to be very satisfying. The Girl on the Train was my first book of the year and will probably make my list of favorites. You don’t want to miss this book!

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Women 24

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Reviewed by Women24 on Jun 17 2016

I really enjoyed the book, probably because I really felt for Rachel and I so desperately wanted someone to believe and help her.

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Good Book Fairy

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Reviewed by Good Book Fairy on Jun 14 2016

All three women grapple with guilt in some way or another and it’s a theme throughout the book...Overall, this is a fast paced thriller/mystery that will appeal to most readers.

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Women 24

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Reviewed by Women24 on Jun 09 2016

This is a page turner with the sense of a cold undertow pulling at the reader from the very first page, and the skill with which the author weaves it all together is impressive.

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Laura's Reviews

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Reviewed by Laura on Aug 25 2015

Overall, The Girl on the Train is a good thriller, but with all of the hype, I was a little disappointed that I guessed what the ending would be. It was still an entertaining book to read.

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From Left to Write

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Reviewed by Thien-Kim on Apr 09 2015

I’m glad to say that I wholeheartedly recommend The Girl On the Train audiobook. Get your hands on the audiobook if you can!

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Just a Lil' Lost...

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Reviewed by .justalillost on Jan 06 2015

The Girl on the Train was a pleasant train-wreck (heh.) of a story. Told from three women’s perspectives, different aspects of the mystery unfold as the unreliability of some of them start to reveal itself...Hawkins keeps you wondering what’s going on far into the novel and it certainly left me wanting my own commute on the train to last longer...

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Take Me Away

Above average
Reviewed by Jenny on Jun 30 2015

This is NOT the next Gone Girl or even a good comparison. Overall, it was a a fun read but I am surprised at quite the amount of hype it has received.

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Caribous Mom

Good
Reviewed by Wendy on May 20 2015

Readers who enjoy a good psychological thriller, will find much to enjoy in Hawkin’s compelling novel. Highly Recommended.

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No Charge Bookbunch

Good
Reviewed by ROSEMARY WOLFE on Mar 16 2015

Since it’s more fun to read the story yourself and try to figure out the next turn, I won’t tell you more or offer any spoilers. But – if you liked the dark side of Gone Girl, you will probably like The Girl on the Train. And – if you did not like Gone Girl – you will find The Girl on the Train a better thought-out drama.

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Euro Crime

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Peckham on Jan 10 2015

This is a psychological thriller, driven by Rachel's viewpoint of events, with help from the other two main characters...The descriptions of Rachel's thoughts, her interactions with Tom, and others, as she struggles to make a positive change, are convincing and well written...An excellent first book that I very much enjoyed.

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It's All About Books

Below average
Reviewed by Suey on Sep 14 2015

I gave it three starts at first because I was intrigued and it's easy reading, but I decided it really was only two stars worth because it was just "okay."

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The Eclectic Reader

Good
Reviewed by Teddyree on Feb 24 2015

These characters are messed up, all of them, seriously messed up. It's an interesting character study that had me impressed with the authors skill, it's not an easy feat to keep a reader reading with a cast of unlikable characters.

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Lost in a Great Book

Above average
Reviewed by Lost in a Great Book on Jan 14 2015

The best part about Hawkins’ storytelling lies in her ability to draw you in slowly, wrapping you up in the story as tight as a spider’s web and leaving you completely transfixed as you hurtle towards the end. There are enough twists and turns in the narration to keep you fully engaged...

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Reeder Reads

Good
Reviewed by Reeder Reads on Jan 12 2015

Each page was like peeling away another layer of an onion. I couldn’t stop until I read the last page...It was a smart story that you will not be able to predict how it ends. Picture yourself boarding a windy roller coaster where you’re unable to see where you get off, that’s what this book is...

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http://www.dawn.com

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Reviewed by BATOOL ZEHRA on Oct 26 2015

Hawkins’ writing conjures up vivid images with few words so it’s unsurprising that The Girl on the Train already has a movie in the works. But it is these very images that she cautions us not to trust, warning us that their immediate impression conflicts with the actual truth.

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At Home With Books

Below average
Reviewed by Alyce on Mar 03 2015

Was it worth the effort? It killed a few hours on a cold afternoon. I would have been content to read it on a plane or in an airport and at least not have been bored. But did I like it? Well… it was just okay.

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Good
Reviewed by lomaurice on Jan 07 2015

This sophisticated psychological thriller has a Hitchcock edginess to it. And it left me wondering if anyone is really who they seem to be...This is one of those unputdownable books that we look for and rarely find. So many twists and turns. I found myself second-guessing myself over and over again.

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Savvy Verse & Wit

Above average
Reviewed by SERENA on Feb 02 2016

Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train is a twisted tale of the suburban lives we often perceive as idyllic, and the lives we believe we have but actually do not.

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Gizmo's Book Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Shelley on May 04 2015

Sold as "a compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl," The Girl on the Train is a psychological story that is about as twisted as you can get.

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Rivers I Have Known

Good
Reviewed by Amritorupa Kanjilal on Mar 27 2015

Gone Girl apparently gave goosepimples to a lot of spouses, including my own. The Girl on the Train, in its flat-eyed view of the mechanisms of love and marriage, will keep a lot of people up at night. I’m recommending this book to everyone who loves a good thriller and is getting too smug in their cozy life.

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So many books, so little time

Above average
on Feb 20 2015

...it is a good wee story and worth a look, I just felt it could have been better! 3/5 for me this time, I would read this author again...

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Book Nerd

Good
Reviewed by Giselle on May 04 2015

A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn,The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.

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Mrs. Q Book Addict

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Apr 13 2015

The Girl on the Train was suspenseful, until I came near the end. Then I put all the pieces together, and mostly figured it out. I read a lot of reviews with similar reactions. I was surprised that I disliked the characters so much, but I still enjoyed the read.

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MBTB's Mystery Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by BARBARA TOM on Feb 12 2015

Paula Hawkins has crafted a pretty good tale of suspense. My recommendation is that you don’t try to guess what the ending is and you just let Hawkins pull you wherever she wants to go. It’s not that you couldn’t guess the plot, it’s just more fun to let Hawkins do the work.

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Everyday I Write the Book

Above average
Reviewed by Gayle on Feb 11 2015

I think I liked the experience of reading The Girl on the Train more than I like the book now. I was kind of glad to finish it. I listened to it on audio, so it was quite an investment of time for a story that in retrospect is basically a thriller. But it was definitely entertaining and held my attention.

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Seeing the World Through Books

Below average
Reviewed by Mary on Aug 02 2015

...The author does have a structural formula for creating suspense, and she does follow it precisely and somewhat successfully...make this novel more akin to a domestic TV serial than to a carefully choreographed Alfred Hitchcock film with its withheld information and its well-developed, sophisticated characters.

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Good
on Mar 15 2015

...I really think The Girl on the Train should be read for its own merits as it can certainly stand up for itself.

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Shelah Books It

Below average
Reviewed by Shelah on Feb 18 2015

The Girl on the Train is a thriller, and Hawkins does a lovely job unfolding some of the surprises of the story in the early parts. The middle part of the story felt a little boring-- I think it would have been a better story if it were 50-75 pages shorter.

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Maji Bookshelf

Good
on Feb 18 2016

...the book gave me chills because I could trust no one, and I cheerfully hated every character in the book. I was worried I wouldn't like it because of its Gone Girl-esque vibe, but it was a well-written creepfest of a book, and I mean that in the best possible way.

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scott william foley

Below average
on Nov 04 2015

Near the end, however, the book completely lost me. I won’t spoil too much, but Rachel, one of the most unconventional and original female characters I’ve encountered in quite some time, becomes totally beholden to the men in the story.

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Info Barrel

Above average
Reviewed by kellapat on Aug 09 2015

The concentration on the psychological stress of three interconnected women is not often presented in a novel for our assessment. This aspect alone is an inducement to female readers to soldier on. I cannot wait to see what the filmmakers do with this production.

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On The Wings Of Books

Good
Reviewed by Kimberly on Jul 23 2015

A lot of people are comparing The Girl on the Train with Gone Girl, and while I felt that same thrilling I can’t put this book down feeling, I feel that Gone Girl is on another level and The Girl on the Train didn’t quite reach it. (Mostly because it’s lacking the serious WTF of Gone Girl.

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Maji Bookshelf

Good
on Feb 06 2015

This is a brilliant thriller and I can't recommend it enough. I am interested to see what Paula Hawkins' next book will be and if it's another thriller than will leave me, days later, still thinking and obsessing about the characters and events that took place within the book's pages.

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Meaghan Walsh Gerard

Good
Reviewed by MWGERARD on Feb 05 2015

Thankfully, the author gives us a great ride with a definitive ending. We are not left to wonder ‘whodunit’, even if some of the details remain greyed around the edges.

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A Glass of Wine

Good
Reviewed by Kathy on Jan 15 2015

Fans of taunt, tension filled stories with plenty of red herrings, twists and surprises will stay up late to devour this delectable mystery. It'll keep you on the edge from page one, and doesn't let go until it's final reveal. It's a fun, obsessive read that will have you turning those pages faster than you might intend to.

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Daisy Chain Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Daisy Chain Book Reviews on Jan 12 2015

An astutely written, intensely gripping page-turner, The Girl on the Train introduces us to Rachel, who is not so much a girl, but a divorced thirtysomething...Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is one book that will keep you flipping the pages late into the night.

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http://whimpulsive.net

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Reviewed by SuziQoregon on Mar 24 2015

The story is told from multiple perspectives and I generally enjoy stories like that. I like getting different viewpoints of the same or overlapping events. Hawkins uses this method to gradually fill in pieces of the puzzle as the story progresses and takes many twists and turns.

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The Infinite Curio

Above average
Reviewed by Kay on Feb 24 2015

All in all, The Girl on the Train was quite a fun thriller. While for me it didn’t rank as high as Gone Girl or Before I Go to Sleep, it was still a captivating read I would happily recommend to fans of a good suspense novel!

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Good
Reviewed by Shelleyrae on Jan 16 2015

Clever and disturbing in equal measure The Girl on the Train is an engrossing read, don’t be fooled by the brevity of this review – I just don’t want to spoil anything for you!

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https://forwinternights.wordpress.com

Above average
Reviewed by Kate Atherton on Jan 14 2015

While The Girl on the Train caught my interest and hung on to it until the end, I didn’t like anyone in it enough to care overmuch who would turn out to be the villain of the piece – this isn’t a sticking point for many but it did mar my enjoyment, compounded by my disgruntlement at how Rachel’s issues were handled and portrayed.

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Reading Diva

Above average
Reviewed by READINGDIVA on Nov 03 2015

If you are looking for a realistic and heart felt story with a few unexpected twist and turns then you must read The Girl On The Train, you will not regret it.

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Reactions to Reading

Below average
on May 19 2015

I am baffled by the hype and superlatives that have been heaped upon this novel...Sometimes I am able to see what it is that attracts people about a book I haven’t enjoyed but in this instance I feel like I have read a completely different thing.

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Mysteries in Paradise

Excellent
Reviewed by Kerrie on May 09 2015

So it is a novel that really makes the reader work alongside Rachel at solving the mystery. A number of reviewers have remarked on what a remarkable accomplishment the novel is, and I tend to agree. I have to list it among my best reads for this year.

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Sincerely Stacie

Above average
Reviewed by Stacie on Feb 11 2015

Hawkins does a fine job of leading you through their lives that led up to the night Megan goes missing all the way to the thrilling conclusion of finding out her killer without giving anything away. Fans of suspense and thrilling murder mysteries will find this book enjoyable, even with the deeply depressing characters.

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The Worm Hole

Good
on Jan 15 2016

It’s best to go into it with a view to having a good reading time, to enjoy the journey an author can take you on. It isn’t Gone Girl and your feelings for that book won’t necessarily translate to this one whichever way you felt. Take this book as an individual and for what it is; hop aboard and take a seat.

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Kevin's Meandering Mind

Good
Reviewed by Kevin on Feb 02 2015

Does The Girl on the Train hold its own? It does, and newcomer writer Paula Hawkins constructs a tightly-wound plot, bringing us into the heads of female characters with variable troubles and views on the world, even as things start to fall apart on them all (some, more than others).

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Notes of Life

Good
Reviewed by Nikki-ann on Jan 12 2015

I have to start off by saying that The Girl on the Train is a fantastic psychological crime thriller and I think it’s going to be one of the big books of 2015...Hawkins seems to have a knack for creating realistic and believable flawed characters...a tense and captivating thriller.

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Lit Witch

Above average
Reviewed by The Lit Witch on Dec 10 2015

An interesting and fast-paced read. I’m not sure that The Girl on the Train quite deserves all the fanfare it has been receiving, but it’s a decent read that will keep you engaged.

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Sonder Books Stand Out

Excellent
on May 15 2015

And the mystery is a tangled and interesting one. There are compelling twists along the way. Let me just say that some of the cheaters get a satisfying comeuppance. But best of all is that by the end of the book we feel that Rachel, who has believed many lies about herself, is on her way to healing.

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A Work in Progress

Above average
Reviewed by Danielle on Feb 06 2015

The Girl on the Train is a good choice to wile away a few hours on a cold, snowy afternoon, and I think Paula Hawkins has a lot of potential. While all the right elements are there, I guess for me, it just falls a little short of a Rear Window or Patricia Highsmith, lose-yourself-completely-in-the-story experience.

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The Kentucky Democrat

Excellent
Reviewed by Daniel S. on Jan 26 2015

With An unreliable narrator, an intricate plot, and a huge payoff of a surprise ending that NOBODY can see coming, the suspense grows by the minute. Pages will turn fast. Trust me. I spent most of Shabbas reading rather than schmooze at the Shabbas table just to finish reading this book.

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The Cascade

Below average
Reviewed by Megan Lambert on Oct 21 2015

I specifically remember skipping a page or two of Rachel’s drunken episodes...I didn’t become truly attached to the characters until a third of the way through the book. Unfortunately, the book does become a bit too obvious in the way that it reveals the culprit.

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Confessions of an Avid Reader

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Jan 21 2015

The writing drew me into the book, and the plot kept me engaged in it. While I had a pretty significant part of the conclusion figured out by the novel's halfway point, this didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book or dampen my satisfaction at how the story ends.

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Good
Reviewed by Leeswammes on May 10 2015

Bit by bit new information comes to the surface that changes your view on the situation. I love that! So, a fun, quick read, but nothing too special. Ideal for a holiday or train journey.

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Maldivian Book Reviewer's Realm of Romance

Good
on Apr 20 2015

While I had my finger on who the villain would turn out to be, The Girl on the Train nevertheless proved to be a story that kept the pages turning, because there is a quality to the voice of it all that is just compelling.

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Good
on Apr 06 2015

Paula Hawkins has crafted an intoxicating story with flawed-yet-familiar characters and page-turning twists.

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https://literarytreats.wordpress.com

Good
Reviewed by Jaclyn on Mar 04 2015

This is an amazing book, and it was actually a surprise to learn that such masterful plotting was in a debut novel.

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Miss Susie's Reading & Observations

Excellent
Reviewed by MissSusie on Jan 21 2015

This was a twisty turny, keep you guessing to the end kind of book, with completely unreliable narrator's all three of these women were unreliable narrator's which is kind of fascinating because you never knew who was telling the truth or the truth as they saw it or are just lying completely.

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Gudrun's Tights

Good
Reviewed by Anbolyn on Jan 14 2015

Like all good thrillers, this novel has many layers so I don’t want to say too much about the plot as part of the fun of the story is peeling back the layers for yourself... I’d suggest it for anyone who likes complex, highly suspenseful novels, unreliable narrators and page-turning puzzlement.

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Jess Hearts Books

Good
Reviewed by Jess on Jan 13 2015

Overall The Girl on the Train was a well written and original thriller that I think would translate beautifully to the big screen. With the age old moral of never knowing what goes on behind closed doors it also shines a chilling light on the fact that we never really know those closest to us either.

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Jayne's Books

Above average
Reviewed by Melissa Wiebe on Dec 04 2015

The book was kinda meh. While I don't know what I would have done differently about how the book ended, I felt that the ending was sort of anti-climax, even though the bulk of the book really kept me on the edge of the seat.

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Thoughts from Mill Street

Good
Reviewed by Sue W on Jun 27 2015

...I kept switching from suspecting one spouse to the other...In the end, I did guess most of the ending, but I would have been just as convinced if the book had ended in another way.

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Paper Plates

Above average
Reviewed by Amina on Feb 09 2015

This book is a quick one — perfect for the abundance of grey afternoons this time of year — but it keeps the reader on her toes, searching for clues to resolve the mystery before its characters do.

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http://bookboodle.co.uk

Good
on Jan 15 2015

Overall, an absorbing and addictive book with an ending that I didn’t see coming and for me wasn’t predictable in the slightest.

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2 Kids and Tired Books

Below average
Reviewed by Holly on Oct 23 2015

This novel is a compelling train wreck. It's dreary and negative. There is no hope, no sunshine and nothing to make me care about any of these people.

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Good
on Feb 20 2015

...instead of this potential mess, The Girl on the Train was one of the most taunt, surprising novels I have read in a while, and easily my favorite audiobook of 2015 thus far.

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YA Romantics

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Feb 18 2015

The number of suspects in the crime is relatively small, and by about two-thirds of the way through, I thought I had figured out what happened. I was right, but that in no way spoiled my enjoyment of the story.

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Books, Biscuits & Tea

Excellent
Reviewed by Vicky on Jan 15 2015

It’s so brilliantly written, so unpredictable and so full of twists and turns that I read the second half in one sitting...is one of the most explosive thrillers of the year, and an absolute must-read for everyone. Dark, suspenseful and frighteningly realistic, Hawkins’s debut will stay with me for a very long time.

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Jess Resides Here

Above average
Reviewed by Jessica on Dec 25 2015

Girl on the Train is a good read. It is not however Gone Girl as the marketing people who clearly haven’t read the book attempt to imply it is.

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Becky Bentrim

Good
Reviewed by Becky on Aug 25 2015

...it was such a page-turner. For me I found these characters to be overall more likeable, and therefore I was more interested in the book.

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