I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Published by Riverhead Books on January 13, 2015
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Suspense
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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.\r\n\r\nAnd 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?\r\n\r\nA compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that draws comparisons to Gone Girl, The Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep, this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories.
This book was infuriating. Maddening. It was driving me crazy to know the truth, and I was often exasperated at the decisions the characters made. And yet, it was completely addicting. I went in cautiously, as I’d heard comparisons to Gone Girl – a book that made me want to throw my e-reader across the room when I finished it. Not this time! I couldn’t wait to get back to the audiobook and find out what was going to happen in this twisty, turn-y, who-can-I-trust story. Like the main character Rachel, I am a people watcher. I also have a very active imagination and could totally relate to the way she made some of her assumptions. I felt sad for her, for what she had lost and what she never had, but found myself cringing every time she had a drink, because I knew bad things were sure to follow. I can’t say much else without risking a spoiler, but I will say that if you enjoy the slow-building suspense of a good mystery, this book is for you. You may not like ANY of the characters, at least in the beginning. But I found it to be a great story with a completely satisfying ending. I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook, which was fantastic. The story is told from the perspective of three different women, and each was read by a different narrator – Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher. Each voice was distinct and fit the character very well, and I love listening to a British accent, so that was a bonus, too. A few days after finishing the book, I still keep thinking about it and imagining that train rumbling by, catching glimpses of people’s lives. We want you to experience this great story, too! Thanks to Penguin Audio, we have one copy of this awesome audiobook to give away. Enter below!
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