The Girl on the Train (Hardcover)

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The characters in this book are all walking disasters who become connected after one of them disappears. Drunks, failed relationships, secrets, and lies are the special combination that keep you up reading this thriller. This would be great for people who loved Gone Girl or who crave a fast paced mystery.

— From The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

Rachel is far from being the most likeable person or reliable witness, so when she goes to the police after observing something out of the ordinary on her daily train ride, her whole life spirals out of control. Everything she knows to be true of herself--present AND past--changes. This is my kind of suspense novel.
--Rachel F.

— From The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

With the suspense of a Hitchcock film, this inventive and exciting psychological thriller has a chill similar to Gone Girl and intelligent and creative writing that will leave you with a feeling that you cannot read fast enough.

— From The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

A true Hitchcockian thriller, this book is fast-paced, incredibly well written and so intriguing you will not be able to put it down.

— From The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins


The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt.

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives, from the author of Into the Water.

"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

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 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.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781594633669
ISBN-10: 1594633665
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: January 13th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English