Headstrong journalist Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years ago. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Anna's bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case.
However, Anna believes that Elly's fears for Toby, her young nephew who was snatched from St. Stephen's church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly's distress. Through a series of hidden messages Elly left behind, Anna embarks on a dangerous crusade to track down Toby and find Elly's killer.
But nothing is as it seems and Anna opens a can of worms that throws into question even her own husband's suicide - before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.
©2013 AJ Waines (P)2015 Author's Republic
I thought I was buying The girl on the Train. I saw the movie and I really
Inked it. Don't make the same mistake. This book starts slow and never gains momentum. The characters are not fully developed and are unappealing.
Vancouver-based filmmaker. Crazy cat lady who falls down a lot of rabbit holes.
I had been recommended this book and it was on my to-read list for the last year, but I found the (audio)book sorely disappointing: the narration was fairly flat (it is particularly dreadful when the story becomes more stylized and dramatic), and the ending is utterly unbelievable. I actually laughed out loud near the end, which is probably not the intention of the author.
The main character came across as judgmental and frankly, unpleasant -- as are most of the other characters. Worse, the author seems to be harshly critical of women and their bodies; in fact, the language to describe the bodies of larger women made me cringe. It was almost hateful.
The written prose is probably on the level of any Dan Brown novel (take that as you will). I would consider it a passable diversion, but will not be recommending it to any of my friends.
I listened, but really did not care for this novel. It is written in such a way that there is no room for speculation on the readers part, which makes for a boring mystery/thriller/suspense. It did not invoke much if any thought, and the reader must sit back as things are revealed that are either obvious or ridiculous. I feel like there were multiple elements to the story that could have made for a great novel, but the author was not able to get them to come across in a cohesive manner. I think this novel could have been enhanced by the narration, but this narrator did not pull that off.
it was interesting but highly unlikely and unbelievable to be very good. if you could get past the incredible coincidences and all things coming together neatly...ya if you can get past all that its a great book
I wanted this to be good, as my first audible purchase.
I ...liked...the beginning as it was an intriguing premise, and props to the author for undertaking the ambitious plot, but the story fell short for my taste as I felt undermined as a reader when the obvious turned out to be exactly what it promised and the missed opportunities play out in your head better than the actual story. I'm sure readers can find something better to listen to in this genre.
When listening, I found no moment where i sincerely felt empathy for Anna, the protagonists, personal turmoil as she was not depicted as likeable person.
Too many times I found myself face palming when a plainly obvious and interesting detail would go ignored or hastily summarized in a rushed quick tie by a supporting character. Resulting in plot "twists" and "A-ha" moments that are either foreshadowed to death or just borderline ludicrous.
I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, including a lot of mystery thrillers. And I've read a lot of mystery thrillers. In my opinion this is a very poor one. Poorly written, poorly plotted and a drippy and silly heroine. At times I thought it was like a kids' book.
I know a lot of people like this book but I think it's rubbish.
If one bit of action or suspense occurred at any point during the book
Not unless I'm suffering from insomnia
Be careful if you're listening to this while driving at night
I was told this was a very scary story, but actually it was more intriguing. There are a lot of twists and turns, but spellbinding and a good read.
"Enjoyed it but"
I did enjoy must of it, although the end seemed a bit far fetched and some loose end not quite clear.
Excellent story. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth listening to. Hope the film does it justice.
Really nice detective story. Very nice plot. Good read Didn't expect the murderer to be....?
"Twists and turns"
A very enjoyable story. Great twists and some tense. moments! Must read this book ...
"Awesome narration,really bad story "
the narration is awesome by melissa chambers but the story is so bad and blain with no originality what so ever
"Great story. brilliant who dunnit."
loved the book. The story was a fantastic who dunnit. great twist. recommended to everyone.
The story narrative would have worked better with different characters reading their own parts. male and female
"Poor, unlikely story."
This story is not believable and does not hold the attention of the listener.
Poor plot with unlikely twists and turns.
I wouldn,t recommend it as the listener will be disappointed.
"Narration is awful"
Sadly the narration was too fast, and robotic for my liking and that ruined the story.
I would have read it myself!
I was too irritated by the quality of the narration to enjoy the book
Waste of money.
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