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The Girl on the Train

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (July 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594634025
  • ISBN-13: 24
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • #1228 in Literary Fiction (Books)

Review “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
ofRear Window throughout the story and its propulsive narrative make The Girl
on the Train an absorbing read.”—The Boston Globe“[The Girl on the Train] pulls off a thriller’s toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we
think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn’t see
coming.”—Entertainment Weekly “Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological
thriller. . . . Hawkins’s debut ends with a twist that no one—least of all its
victims—could have seen coming.”—People “Given the number of titles that are
declared to be ‘the next’ of a bestseller . . . book fans have every right to
be wary. But Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train just might have earned
the title of ‘the next Gone Girl.”—Christian Science Monitor “Hawkins’s taut
story roars along at the pace of, well, a high-speed train. …Hawkins delivers
a smart, searing thriller that offers readers a 360-degree view of lust, love,
marriage and divorce.”—Good Housekeeping“There’s nothing like a possible
murder to take the humdrum out of your daily commute.”—Cosmopolitan”Paula
Hawkins has come up with an ingenious slant on the currently fashionable
amnesia thriller. . . . Hawkins juggles perspectives and timescales with great
skill, and considerable suspense builds up along with empathy for an unusual
central character.”—The Guardian“Paula Hawkins deftly imbues her debut
psychological thriller with inventive twists and a shocking denouement. …
Hawkins delivers an original debut that keeps the exciting momentum of The
Girl on the Train going until the last page.”—Denver Post“The Girl on the
Train, Hawkins’s first thriller, is well-written and ingeniously constructed.”
– The Washington Post “The novel is at its best in the moment of maximum
confusion, when neither the reader nor the narrators know what is occurring” –
The Financial Times“This fresh take on Hitchcock’s Rear Window is getting
raves and will likely be one of the biggest debuts of the year.”—Omaha World-
Herald“Hawkins’s tale of love, regret, violence and forgetting is an
engrossing psychological thriller with plenty of surprises. . . . The novel
gets harder and harder to put down as the story screeches toward its
unexpected ending.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune“A gripping, down-the-rabbit-hole
thriller.”—Entertainment Weekly Hotlist “The Thriller So Engrossing, You’ll
Pray for Snow: Send in the blizzards, because nothing as mundane as work,
school or walking the dog should distract you from this debut thriller. A
natural fit for fans of Gone Girl-style unreliable narrators and twisty, fast-
moving plots, The Girl on the Train will have you racing through the
pages.”—“It’s difficult to say too much more about the plot of The
Girl on the Train; like all thrillers, it’s best for readers to dive in
spoiler-free. This is a debut novel—Hawkins is a journalist by training—but it
doesn’t read like the work of someone new to suspense. The novel is perfectly
paced, from its arresting beginning to its twist ending; it’s not an easy book
to put down. . . . . What really makes The Girl on the Train such a gripping
novel is Hawkins’ remarkable understanding of the limits of human knowledge,
and the degree to which memory and imagination can become confused.”—
“[L]ike Gone Girl, Hawkins’s book is a highly addictive novel about a lonely
divorcee who gets caught up in the disappearance of a woman whom she had been
surreptitiously watching. And beyond the Gone Girl comparisons, this book has
legs of its own.”—“Paula Hawkins’ thriller is a shocking ride.” –US
Weekly “An ex-wife indulges her voyeuristic tendencies in Paula Hawkins’s
film-ready The Girl on the Train. In the post-Gone Girl era, crimes of love
aren’t determined by body counts or broken hearts, but by who controls the
story line.” –Vogue “The Girl on the Train [is] a harrowing new suspense
novel…a complex and thoroughly chilling psychological thriller… The Girl on
the Train is one of those books where you can’t wait — yet almost can’t bear —
to turn the page. It’s a stunning novel of dread.” –New York Daily News “The
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a psychologically gripping debut that
delivers.” –The Missourian “The Girl on the Train is the kind of slippery,
thrilling read that only comes around every few years (see Gone Girl).”
–BookPage “Hawkins, a former journalist, is a witty, sharp writer with a gift
for creating complex female characters.” –Cleveland Plain Dealer“The Girl on
the Train is as tautly constructed as Gone Girl or A.S.A. Harrison’sThe Silent
Wife, and has something more: a main character who is all screwed up but
sympathetic nonetheless. Broken, but dear. . . . No matter how well it’s
written, a suspense novel can fall apart in the last pages, with an overly
contrived or unbelievable ending. Here, The Girl on the Train shines, with its
mystery resolved by a left-field plot twist that works, followed,
surprisingly, by what you might call a happy ending.”—Newsday“I’m calling it
now: The Girl on the Train is the next Gone Girl. Paula Hawkins’s highly
anticipated debut novel is a dark, gripping thriller with the shocking ending
you crave in a noir-ish mystery.” –Bustle “Rachel takes the same train into
London every day, daydreaming about the lives of the occupants in the homes
she passes. But when she sees something unsettling from her window one
morning, it sets in motion a chilling series of events that make her question
whom she can really trust.”—Woman’s Day“Hawkins’s debut novel is a tangle of
unreliable narrators, but what will have readers talking is her deft handling
of twists and turns and her eerily fine-tuned narrative. This is one creepy,
dark thriller. . . . The book is smartly paced and delightfully complex. Just
when it seems Hawkins is leading us one way, Rachel, Anna, or Megan change the
game. Nothing can be taken for granted in The Girl on the Train, not even the
account of the girl herself.”—Las Vegas Weekly “Psychologically astute debut .
. . The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying
as a train wreck and just as riveting.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] chilling, assured debut. . . . Even the most astute readers will be in
for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities
of love and obsession’s inescapable links to violence.”—Kirkus (starred
review)“intricate, multilayered psychological suspense debut, from a staggered
timeline and three distinct female narrators. Rachel, who is unabashed in her
darker instincts, anchors the narrative. Readers will fear, pity, sympathize
and root for her, though she’s not always understandable or trustworthy. . . .
En route to a terrorizing and twisted conclusion, all three women—and the men
with whom they share their lives—are forced to dismantle their delusions about
others and themselves, their choices and their respective
relationships.”—Shelf Awareness”This month we’re gearing up for Paula
Hawkins’s mystery The Girl on the Train. Its three narrators keep readers
guessing as they try to suss out who’s behind one character’s shocking
disappearance. Can you figure out who did it before they do?”—Martha Stewart
Living“What a thriller!”—People Style Watch “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, 1
New York Times–bestselling author of the Detective D. D. Warren series“I
simply could not put it down.”—Tess Gerritsen, New York Times–bestselling
author of the Rizzoli and Isles series“Gripping, enthralling—a top-notch
thriller and a compulsive read.”—S. J. Watson,New York Times–bestselling
author of Before I Go to Sleep“Be ready to be spellbound, ready to become as
obsessed. . . . The Girl on the Train is the kind of book you’ll want to press
into the hands of everyone you know, just so they can share your obsession and
you can relive it.”—Laura Kasischke, author of The Raising “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, author of I Am Pilgrim“Artfully
crafted and utterly riveting. The Girl on the Train’s clever structure and
expert pacing will keep you perched on the edge of your seat, but it’s
Hawkins’s deft, empathetic characterization that will leave you pondering this
harrowing, thought-provoking story about the power of memory and the danger of
envy.”—Kimberly McCreight, New York Times–bestselling author of Reconstructing
Amelia Read more About the Author Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for
fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. The Girl on the Train is her
first thriller. An international 1 bestseller, published in 50 countries and
over 40 languages, it has sold over 11 million copies worldwide and has been
adapted into a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Hawkins was born in
Zimbabwe and now lives in London. Read more See all Editorial Reviews














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