The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Large Print - 2015
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Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410477767
1410477762
Characteristics: 497 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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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.

brookse0518 Jul 03, 2017

I like an unpredictable ending, so this title delivered.

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MartineVK
Jun 27, 2017

Like most mysteries, the journey is better than the destination, but I'd still recommend this. Much better than the film they made out of it.

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KorrAnn
May 28, 2017

Overall it was an inserting book that kept you captivated. The beginning was slow but once you got past that you could not put the book down, not even for a second.

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Bookworm2228
May 17, 2017

I re-read this book for my book club and I continue to rate it a 4 1/2 star read. It was as good a read the second time around. I enjoyed getting to know the three main women in this book...Rachel, a trainwreck of a drunk who can't get her life together, Anna, the other woman in Rachel's marriage and new Mum, and Megan, the beautiful woman that Rachel keeps watching from the train. When something happens to one of them, all of the women turn out to be connected in some way. A good thriller.

PimaLib_ChristineR May 06, 2017

What's the opposite of a page-turner? Whatever it's called, this is it. At 25% I turned to Facebook. Was I missing something? Would I stop hating the narrators at some point? I was assured that I would continue to be disgusted with the narrators and the opinion was split on whether it was worth it. But I work for the library. I felt it almost a duty to carry on. I would give myself a percent to finish each day.

Around 50% the going got easier. It stopped feeling like the Bataan Death March of books. Suddenly, things were happening. I was getting back story that was actually interesting and which brought up some possible twists. It was at 85% that the story got really good. I'd give the last 15% a solid 4 or possibly 5 stars. Is it worth it to get there? Knowing what I know now, I'd tell you to go watch the movie. It probably makes a decent movie. Unless you really enjoy books with first person narration from someone with no visible redeeming characteristics. Of the three narrators, there was one I enjoyed a bit because she was a bit evil. The other two were pitiful and self-absorbed. (Aside: I've been asked why I would like the evil character. Answer: this isn't real life. I want to read about interesting people, and evil can be interesting, much more interesting anyway than pathetic and self-absorbed).

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belinda129
Apr 20, 2017

Couldn't put it down. The beginning is slow but the plot intensifies. It made me nervous and sped up my heart rate. I (dangerously) read as I walked. On my list of books that I enjoyed completely!

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cherstaite
Apr 19, 2017

There seems to be a trend in new authors to write books where all the characters are terrible people. No thanks.

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loudem
Apr 04, 2017

Interesting format. A bit slow going. Atmospheric. Sometime repetitive. Fuelled by alcohol for that mix of blurred remembrances that drives the novel forward. As they say, we're taken for a ride, inside a thick opaque cloud. A drunk's nightmare, trying to keep it's head above the sucking waters.

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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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