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The Girl on the Train

 Author: Paula Hawkins  Category: Crime  Published: January 13, 2015  Language: English  File Size: 2.2 MB  Tags: CrimeFictionMysteryPsychologicalSuspenseThriller |  Download PDF


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, is a novel about how society’s expectations of women often push them to the breaking point, leading them to seek out (or fall victim to) dangerous situations.


Paula Hawkins follows three women who are abused by the men in their lives in the form of what’s called gaslighting: manipulation through questioning or invalidating a person’s sanity.

It details the struggles of Rachel Watson, the protagonist, as she navigates divorce, alcohol use disorder, and losing her job. During Rachel’s daily commute on the train in London, England, she watches a couple whom she names Jess and Jason.

Famous Quotes:

“Let’s be honest: women are still only really valued for two things—their looks and their role as mothers.”

“I woke feverish, panicky. Guilty. I do feel guilty. Just not guilty enough.”

“I never learn. I wake with a crushing sensation of wrongness, of shame, and I know immediately that I’ve done something stupid.”

“If I turned right here I’d go up past my gallery—what was my gallery, now a vacant shop window—but I don’t want to, because that still hurts a little.”

“I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.”

“There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”

“I close my eyes and let the darkness grow and spread until it morphs from a feeling of sadness into something worse: a memory, a flashback.”

“People you have a history with, they won’t let you go, and as hard as you might try, you can’t disentangle yourself, can’t set yourself free. Maybe after a while you just stop trying.”

“This is what marriage is—safe, warm, comfortable.”

“Sometimes, I don’t want to go anywhere, I think I’ll be happy if I never have to set foot outside the house again. I don’t even miss working.”

“The last thing I need is rest. I need to find something to fill my days. I know what’s going to happen if I don’t.”

“It’s impossible to resist the kindness of strangers.”

Literary awards

    • ITW Thriller Award Nominee for Best Hardcover Novel (2016)
    • Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year (2016)
    • Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) Nominee for International Book (2016)
    •  Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller (2015)
    •  Waterstones Book of the Year Nominee (2015)
    • Woman & Home Reader’s Choice Award for Best Thriller Of The Year (2016)