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The Girl on the Train

A #1 New York Times Best Seller, USA Today Book of the Year, and now a makor motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Paula Hawkins’ debut novel The Girl on the Train is a suspenseful thriller filled with a complex plot, shocking twists at every turn, and an ending that will both stun and leave the reader wanting more.
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336 pages

Average rating: 7.4




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Jul 18, 2024
8/10 stars
Everyone in this book is kind of a jerk. Jeeze.
And they’re all really cruel to Rachel. Seems excessive.
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Jun 17, 2024
8/10 stars
I loved this book! It kept me guessing about three-fourths of the way into the plot. Once I put the pieces together, the ending seemed fitting. My one problem was Rachel's personality/lack of backbone which made it a little frustrating at times. HOWEVER, I do give the author credit for creating a character like Rachel because if it does create an emotional reaction (i.e. frustration) then she's done her job as an author.

Overall, for a 300+ page book it feels like a quick read. In addition, the author does a good job of presenting different perspectives during the entire time. Unlike Gone Girl, which also contain alternating character perspectives, The Girl on the Train maintains the fluidity between characters--with the exception of Megan.

Overall though, this book is a great read and highly recommend it. It's not too heavy but gives the right amount of suspense to the story.
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May 25, 2024
6/10 stars
This was a thoroughly un-enjoyable book that I enjoyed. The characters are un-likable and miserable, and yet you are pulled along, wanting to know what happens. Hawkins is a talented author and I am very glad that she does not write children's books.

PS: Everyone seems to compare this to Gone Girl. Except for the fact that there is not a single liable character, this is nothing like Gone Girl.
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May 19, 2024
may 2024 book
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May 17, 2024
8/10 stars
I really liked it. Love the main character and her complexity, including her flaws. Disappointed that the ‘antagonist’ of the story ended up being so 1 dimensional when the main character is so complex.
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