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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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By BookReader on 12-30-15

The Girl on The Train

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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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By Kindle Customer on 01-06-16

I am the only person I know who hated this book…

So, you can take this review with a grain of salt. I don't know exactly why I hated it, but it seems like one of those "Girl" books that you are supposed to love. It's about people who should know better doing stupid things to other people or with other people, and bad things happening as a result. I finished it, but I honestly couldn't wait for to be done. So, I can say that much for it: I have stopped really bad books in the past, and this book was not that bad. In fact, I can see that it was actually very well written. It's just that the story and the characters were too awful to contemplate.

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