The Girl on the Train

Author(s): Paula Hawkins

Fiction - Contemporary

"Gripping, enthralling - a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read". (S J Watson, bestselling author of Before I Go To Sleep). 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. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train.

This is being described as “the new Gone Girl” by reviewers, and seeing as it took me such a long time to get to Gillian Flynn I thought I’d get to this one before it claimed world domination. There are three narrators, the main one being Rachel, or ‘the girl on the train.’ She observes the lives of the other two narrators from her train carriage as she commutes into town. As an alcoholic, Rachel is incredibly unreliable as a narrator and, as the police soon find out, as a witness. Her narration reminded me of Maud in Emma Healy’s Elizabeth is Missing. I found Healy’s style to be more convincing, but this is a great page-turner, well-paced and suspenseful. - Holly


Jason and Jess have the perfect life, and they are deeply in love. She is artistic, he is caring and strong. At least, that's the world Rachel concocts for them as she catches glimpses of the couple every morning and every night from the train. Rachel wants to believe in the world she has created, as hers has fallen apart around her, but things are never what they seem, and when "Jess" disappears, Rachel must, for her own sanity, find out what happened. ­­The Girl on the Train is an addictive, page turning thriller, that keeps you guessing from the get go. - Lucy


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YOU DON'T KNOW HER. BUT SHE KNOWS YOU. Rear Window meets Gone Girl, in this exceptional and startling psychological thriller

Winner of Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book 2015.

"Gripping, enthralling - a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read" S J Watson "The Girl On The Train was so thrilling and tense and wildly unpredictable, it sucked up my entire afternoon. I simply could not put it down. Not to be missed!" Tess Gerritsen "What a group of characters, what a situation, what a book! It's Alfred Hitchcock for a new generation and a new era" Terry Hayes, bestselling author of I Am Pilgrim "Clever and compelling! Hawkins keeps the tension ratcheted high in this thoroughly engrossing tale of intersecting strangers and intimate betrayals. Kept me guessing until the very end!" Lisa Gardner "This is unputdownable ... A fast, clever thriller with a flawed, entertaining heroine" Paula Daly

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

General Fields

  • : 9780857522320
  • : Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • : Doubleday
  • : April 2015
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paula Hawkins
  • : Paperback
  • : 115
  • : en
  • : 316