Take the psychological suspense of Gone Girl and add it to the dread of Strangers on a Train and you've got Girl on the Train! Hawkins' debut is poised to be one of the most talked about books of 2015 and with good reason: she's written a skilled thriller that we can all relate to (especially commuters!) All of us, at one time, have stared dully out of a moving vehicle, our gaze snagging on something and our imagination running wild. Rachel takes the same train every day, and every day she makes sure to look for the "perfect couple" that live in her old neighborhood. She thinks about them often, conjecturing that they live the kind of ideal life she dreamed about with her ex-husband. But then she sees something odd and is pulled into a murder case stranger than anything she could have imagined. I raced through the pages, eager to make it to the end, and I loved that I not only got Rachel's shaky point of view (I love a good unreliable narrator!), but that of the missing woman and her neighbor, the new wife of Rachel's ex. Pick this up for the great cover design and stay for the engrossing story!— Lauren P.
January 2015 Indie Next List
“This is one of the most compelling thrillers I have read in years! With alternating perspectives ranging from the fantasies of a young woman who watches a couple from the window of her train commute every day, to the true story of the couple themselves, and a missing person case, the reader is plunged into a twisting, turning mystery of deception and misdirection. Rarely have there been so many shocking revelations in a single novel! Just when you believe you have a grasp on the entire mystery, Hawkins pulls the rug out from under you with yet another breathtaking plot revelation. An exceptional read!”
— William Carl, Books On The Square, Providence, RI
The #1"New York Times"Bestseller, "USA Today" Book of the Year, soon to be a major motion picture.
The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.
Nothing is more addicting than"The Girl on the Train." "Vanity Fair
" "The Girl on the Train"has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since"Gone Girl." . . . It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership. "The New York Times"
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 Boston Globe
" "Gone Girl"fans will devour this psychological thriller. "People"
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. 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 goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
About the Author
Paula Hawkinsworked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in London."The Girl on the Train"is her first thriller."