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The Girl on the Train:

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Winner of the Audie Award for Best Audiobook of the Year

A New York Times Best Book of 2015

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A 2016 Anthony Award Nominee for Best Crime Fiction Audiobook

A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Audiobooks and Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2015

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Selected for the January 2015 Indie Next List

A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 Selection for Popular Fiction

A January 2015 LibraryReads Pick

A BookPage Best Book of 2015

A BookPage Top Pick for January 2015

The #1 New York Times bestseller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives


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?

Editorial Reviews

The Girl on the Train is the kind of slippery, thrilling read that only comes around every few years (see Gone Girl).BookPage The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is a psychologically gripping debut that delivers.The MissourianHawkins, a former journalist, is a witty, sharp writer with a gift for creating complex female characters.Cleveland Plain DealerThe Girl on the Train is as tautly constructed as Gone Girl or A.S.A. Harrison'sThe Silent Wife, and has something more: a main character who is all screwed up but sympathetic nonetheless. Broken, but dear. . . . No matter how well it's written, a suspense novel can fall apart in the last pages, with an overly contrived or unbelievable ending. Here, The Girl on the Train shines, with its mystery resolved by a left-field plot twist that works, followed, surprisingly, by what you might call a happy ending.NewsdayI’m calling it now: The Girl on the Train is the next Gone Girl. Paula Hawkins’s highly anticipated debut novel is a dark, gripping thriller with the shocking ending you crave in a noir-ish mystery.Bustle The Girl on the Train [is] a harrowing new suspense novel…a complex and thoroughly chilling psychological thriller… The Girl on the Train is one of those books where you can’t wait — yet almost can’t bear — to turn the page. It’s a stunning novel of dread. New York Daily News An ex-wife indulges her voyeuristic tendencies in Paula Hawkins’s film-ready The Girl on the Train. In the post-Gone Girl era, crimes of love aren’t determined by body counts or broken hearts, but by who controls the story line.Vogue  The Thriller So Engrossing, You'll Pray for Snow: Send in the blizzards, because nothing as mundane as work, school or walking the dog should distract you from this debut thriller. A natural fit for fans of Gone Girl-style unreliable narrators and twisty, fast-moving plots, The Girl on the Train will have you racing through the pages.Oprah.comIt's difficult to say too much more about the plot of The Girl on the Train; like all thrillers, it's best for readers to dive in spoiler-free. This is a debut novel—Hawkins is a journalist by training—but it doesn't read like the work of someone new to suspense. The novel is perfectly paced, from its arresting beginning to its twist ending; it's not an easy book to put down. . . . . What really makes The Girl on the Train such a gripping novel is Hawkins' remarkable understanding of the limits of human knowledge, and the degree to which memory and imagination can become confused.NPR.org [L]ike Gone Girl, Hawkins's book is a highly addictive novel about a lonely divorcee who gets caught up in the disappearance of a woman whom she had been surreptitiously watching. And beyond the Gone Girl comparisons, this book has legs of its own.GQ.comPaula Hawkins’ thriller is a shocking ride.US Weekly Rachel takes the same train into London every day, daydreaming about the lives of the occupants in the homes she passes. But when she sees something unsettling from her window one morning, it sets in motion a chilling series of events that make her question whom she can really trust.Woman’s DayHawkins’s debut novel is a tangle of unreliable narrators, but what will have readers talking is her deft handling of twists and turns and her eerily fine-tuned narrative. This is one creepy, dark thriller. . . . The book is smartly paced and delightfully complex. Just when it seems Hawkins is leading us one way, Rachel, Anna, or Megan change the game. Nothing can be taken for granted in The Girl on the Train, not even the account of the girl herself.Las Vegas Weekly Gripping, enthralling—a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read.S. J. Watson,New York Times–bestselling author of Before I Go to SleepI simply could not put it down.Tess Gerritsen, New York Times–bestselling author of the Rizzoli and Isles seriesBe ready to be spellbound, ready to become as  obsessed. . . . The Girl on the Train is the kind of book you’ll want to press into the hands of everyone you know, just so they  can share your obsession and you can relive it.Laura Kasischke, author of The Raising What a group of characters, what a situation, what a book! It’s Alfred Hitchcock for a new generation and a new era.Terry Hayes, author of I Am PilgrimArtfully crafted and utterly riveting. The Girl on the Train’s clever structure and expert pacing will keep you perched on the edge of your seat, but it’s Hawkins’s deft, empathetic characterization that will leave you pondering this harrowing, thought-provoking story about the power of memory and the danger of envy.Kimberly McCreight, New York Times–bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia Hawkins keeps the tension ratcheted high in this thoroughly engrossing tale of intersecting strangers and intimate betrayals. Kept me guessing until the very end.Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Detective D. D. Warren seriesWhat a thriller!People Style Watch Psychologically astute debut . . .  The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying as a train wreck and just as riveting.Publishers Weekly (starred review) [A] chilling, assured debut. . . . Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession's inescapable links to violence.Kirkus (starred review)intricate, multilayered psychological suspense debut, from a staggered timeline and three distinct female narrators. Rachel, who is unabashed in her darker instincts, anchors the narrative. Readers will fear, pity, sympathize and root for her, though she's not always understandable or trustworthy. . . . En route to a terrorizing and twisted conclusion, all three women—and the men with whom they share their lives—are forced to dismantle their delusions about others and themselves, their choices and their respective relationships.Shelf AwarenessThis month we're gearing up for Paula Hawkins's mystery The Girl on the Train. Its three narrators keep readers guessing as they try to suss out who's behind one character's shocking disappearance. Can you figure out who did it before they do?Martha Stewart LivingA gripping, down-the-rabbit-hole thriller.Entertainment Weekly Hotlist Hawkins’s tale of love, regret, violence and forgetting is an engrossing psychological thriller with plenty of surprises. . . . The novel gets harder and harder to put down as the story screeches toward its unexpected ending.Minneapolis Star TribuneGone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller. . . . Hawkins’s debut ends with a twist that no one—least of all its victims—could have seen coming.People Given the number of titles that are declared to be 'the next' of a bestseller . . . book fans have every right to be wary. But Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train just might have earned the title of 'the next Gone Girl.Christian Science Monitor [The Girl on the Train] pulls off a thriller's toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn't see coming.Entertainment Weekly The Girl on the Train marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.USA Today

“Hawkins keeps the tension ratcheted high in this thoroughly engrossing tale of intersecting strangers and intimate betrayals.”

Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . The Girl on the Train is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership too. . . . The Girl on the Train is full of back-stabbing, none of it literal.Janet Maslin, The New York TimesHawkins’s taut story roars along at the pace of, well, a high-speed train. …Hawkins delivers a smart, searing thriller that offers readers a 360-degree view of lust, love, marriage and divorce.Good HousekeepingLike its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages. . . . The welcome echoes ofRear Window throughout the story and its propulsive narrative make The Girl on the Train an absorbing read.The Boston GlobeThe Girl on the Train, Hawkins’s first thriller, is well-written and ingeniously constructed. The Washington PostThe novel is at its best in the moment of maximum confusion, when neither the reader nor the narrators know what is occurringThe Financial TimesThere’s nothing like a possible murder to take the humdrum out of your daily commute.CosmopolitanPaula Hawkins deftly imbues her debut psychological thriller with inventive twists and a shocking denouement.  … Hawkins delivers an original debut that keeps the exciting momentum of The Girl on the Train going until the last page.Denver PostPaula Hawkins has come up with an ingenious slant on the currently fashionable amnesia thriller. . . . Hawkins juggles perspectives and timescales with great skill, and considerable suspense builds up along with empathy for an unusual central character.The GuardianThis fresh take on Hitchcock’s Rear Window is getting raves and will likely be one of the biggest debuts of the year.Omaha World-Herald

“Gripping, enthralling—a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read.”

S. J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author

“Hawkins delivers a smart, searing thriller that offers readers a 360-degree view of lust, love, marriage, and divorce.”

Good Housekeeping

Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller…Hawkins’ debut ends with a twist that no one—least of all its victims—could have seen coming.”


“[A] twisty thriller.”

USA Today

“[The Girl on the Train] pulls off a thriller’s toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn’t see coming.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Hawkins keeps all these fibs, threats, and innuendoes swirling through her book, to the point where they frighten and undermine each of her characters. ”

New York Times

“Paula Hawkins’ addictive debut [leads] into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. At times, I couldn’t help but think: Hitchcockian.”

Amazon.com, editorial review

“Intricate, multilayered psychological suspense.”

Shelf Awareness

“Psychologically astute…The surprise-packed narratives hurtle toward a stunning climax, horrifying as a train wreck and just as riveting.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Even the most astute readers will be in for a shock as Hawkins slowly unspools the facts, exposing the harsh realities of love and obsession’s inescapable links to violence.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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    • 5/5

    I wanted to read this before seeing the Movie.

    Sean December 27, 2016
    As we all know, I movie can ruin a perfectly good book by leaving out key details and squeezing into a 90 minute film only the points that you can get away with.
    As of the writing of this review, I have not yet seen the movie.
    That said, i would have to say that I really enjoyed Listening to this book.
    I enjoyed the style of story telling as if from a journal being narrated by it's creator.
    The Readers or rather what I'd like to call the readers of the book, Performers did an amazing job at immersing me into the plot.
    Now about the plot. Was this a complete mystery up until the bitter end for me? No, But was entertaining and satisfying. That is at least what a good murder mystery should be.
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    • 5/5

    Thrilling and Fast-Paced

    Rebecca August 28, 2016
    A little tricky to follow at times as the narration is provided by 3 different voices and they don't all follow the same timeline. However, once you give yourself time to grasp onto the plot, it's a perfect read that keeps you guessing and re-guessing the thrilling ending over and over again. A must read for sure.
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    • 5/5

    Compelling, thought-provoking read -- a little like a train wreck in its rhythm

    Clare1 March 5, 2016
    This is a bit slow on start-up, but stay with it. Once it starts to accelerate it builds and builds until you can hardly stand to leave it. I listen in my car, and I actually finished it in my driveway rather than going inside and listening to the rest in the morning.

    It is one of those books that leaves you thinking about it for a long time afterward, and I love that, even though the characters may be people you hope never to meet. The narrators are wonderful and well-chosen. They help develop the characters just by the quality of their voices.

    Nice job!
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    • 5/5

    One of my favorite books of 2015

    emilyd February 25, 2016
    Gripping story, great narration. A really enjoyable listening experience.
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Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

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Louise Brealey studied history at Cambridge University before studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Manhattan, New York City. On television, she appeared in the long-running medical drama Casualty on BBC One in 2002, appearing in ninety six episodes. Afterwards, she appeared in the BBC serialization of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House, as well as Hotel Babylon, Law and Order: UK, Ripper Street, and in all series of Sherlock as Molly Hooper.

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