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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, January 2015 - Looking for the next Gone Girl? This fast-paced psychological thriller from Paula Hawkins just might be it. Addictive from the start and told from the perspective of not one but three unreliable narrators, The Girl on the Train delivers engrossing twists and turns in every direction. Rachel, the self-destructive protagonist, is equally sympathetic and appalling, and you can’t help but immerse yourself into her distorted and chaotic world in an attempt to unravel this tightly woven mystery. —Regina, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016
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?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
©2014 Paula Hawkins (P)2014 Penguin Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Top-notch narration makes this perfect for audio." ( AudioFile)
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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By BookReader on 12-30-15

The Girl on The Train

Any additional comments?

There are literally thousands of reviews of this book on Amazon and Goodreads. So … if you need synopsis of detail, you’ll have no trouble finding. Reviews are from 1 to 5 stars, opinions are varied.

With regard to the audiobook … The Girl on the Train is narrated by several female readers, which is fine … but, they basically sound alike … they all emote a lot. All are British (British author).

All of the characters are so into their own self analyzing angst, including the supposed victim of a crime … it’s maddening. The lead character, Rachael, is a ridiculously self absorbed alcoholic who has memory black-outs, witnesses what she believes is wrong do-ing, and is obsessed with her ex-husband. Convoluted, I know ... just like the story. But, that’s the basics. In my opinion, the story should have been several hours (pages) shorter.

Frankly, the fact that this story is a mega-hit and has hogged the best-seller list for months and months is beyond me, but it’s the reason I finally succumbed. Maybe it’s just clever marketing … but The Girl on the Train has created an amazing, albeit completely puzzling, buzz.

Guess I’m not into drunks. Or, adolescent angst from supposedly mature people. Maybe I’m old. Yeah, that’s it. Must be it. Anyway …. not my cup ‘o tea, ’t all. Not recommended.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

A festival of personality disorders

What would have made The Girl on the Train better?

The one standout criticism I have about this book is that I was not enticed by the author to care enough about the characters to be truly drawn in to the tale.

While I am not one to expect my protagonists to be perfect, nor every story to have a happy ending, none of the characters were genuinely likable at all. It was like a festival of personality disorders, self-centeredness and pathetic weaknesses.

You start out feeling for the main character, sympathetic to her plight and hoping for sobriety to take hold, but it all goes to hell in a hand basket when every single flawed character behaves badly and you, unfortunately, end up caring less and less about them as the book goes on. I finished it out of a sense of duty, not desire.

This is coming from a reader who LOVES Dexter Morgan -but why do I love a serial killer and loathe a struggling British divorcee with a drinking problem? Because, in Dexter's case, the author has seduced me with his back story, his vow to live by his "code", and then throws villains into the mix who are revealed as far worse monsters than Dexter who deserve whatever special treatment he has in store for them.

I make this comparison for the sake of stressing character development and trajectory. I just didn't really feel I was given enough reason to empathize with these people and their loathsome troubles.

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