The Girl on the Train: A Novel (Unabridged)
by Paula Hawkins
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Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016 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. 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 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? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
No one is perfect...and no one in this book is perfect or very likeable, either. The story is deliciously compelling, Rachel is awkward and opportunistic, Scott is pathetically broken, Tom is devilishly maniputative and Anna...well, you just want to throat punch the woman some of the time. However, they weave together to make a dynamic story that I can't quiet decide if I liked or not. I must have liked this book, because I kept listening until it was finished. I listened while I oil painted, I istened while I grocery shopped, listened while I cooked dinner...I couldn't stop. So I figured I must have liked it. So, yeah, I must have liked it.
I have no idea how this book became so popular or received such good reviews. The characters are all unlikable, the plot is predictable, and the end/big "whodunnit" reveal is yawn-inspiring. Do not waste your money or (more importantly) your time!
The book (audio) is well read and characters colorfully recreated by the three different narrators. The story line is great and complimented by well written and smart dialog. I loved listening to it, and am excited for more to come from Paula Hawkins!