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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best seller and USA Today Book of the Year, soon to be a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

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?

©2016 Paula Hawkins (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl.... The Girl on the Train is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership too.... The Girl on the Train is full of back-stabbing, none of it literal." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

"The Girl on the Train 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 welcome echoes of Rear Window throughout the story and its propulsive narrative make The Girl on the Train an absorbing read." (The Boston Globe)

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such good suspense, held throughout the book

loved listening to this book! it really kept my attention, always wanting to hear more!

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Thrilling!

The performance is great. It helps to have 3 different voices while listening to this book.

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Excellent and Gripping!

I'm sad it's over, I'm done and need to find another great book like this. This was a very captivating book, nice plot twists and the narrators were excellent.

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Loved this book

This was a book that I couldn't stop listening too I loved it. enjoyed all the characters and loved the narrator.

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Loved it!

Couldn't stop myself from listening. Addictively good! Great story and great reciters! Kept me hooked all the way through. Don't watch the movie, listen to this instead

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This was not what I was expecting.

I had heard great things about The Girl On The Train, but was extremely disappointed. I was quite excited to start this book, for I had heard other people enjoyed it, and I was hostly trying to like it; however the story seemed to really drag. I never really got close enough to the characters to care for them because none of them seemed very likeable. I understand characters having flaws, and I understand that it builds character to have small or large issues that create conflict in the story, but I just can’t connect to the character for the life of me!
I’m sure that it’s a very well written book, and it may just be me, but I can’t figure out why this book got so famous. To be fare, I did listen to this book over a longer period of time, but I don’t think that will make a world of a difference.
The narration was another thing that bugged me. Each narrator was just fine on there own; but having them all narrate the book altogether at different times did not work for me. The quality of the audio was very good, so that’s on good thing about the book.
I think the book would have been better if the Rachel didn’t always find everything so hard to do. I understand that she has drinking issues, but all of her emotions seem a bit much for this book at times. She just seems a little bit whiny to me.
Although this was not the most completely review, I still respect the author and the writing. It takes a lot of work to write a book. Since this book is so well known I must have some weird option, but that’s my opinion anyway.

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An Okay Way to Spend Eleven Hours

Pay close attention to the opening chapters. If your attention wanders the least little bit, you will become hopelessly lost.

The story is somewhat longer than it needs to be, but does achieve a reasonable degree of tension and mild suspense.

The identity of the perp is a surprise, but the conclusion is rather clumsily executed.

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Pretty good!

Enjoyed the story and most of the narration although the voice of Megan and when she did that accent of the psychologist were annoying for me to listen to.

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listen to the dates

Good story but I found timelines confusing and voices very similar. I advise listeners to pay particular attention to the chapter date headings.

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Started slow then kept getting better

I did not like most of the people in this book but I did like Rachel. This was quite far fetched but I enjoyed it more and more. It is worth the credit. The tension builds to a good conclusion.