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Everything points to suicide - but I saw her face... Headstrong Journalist, Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years earlier. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Annas bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking awkward questions. But everything points to suicide and the Everything points to suicide - but I saw her face... Headstrong Journalist, Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years earlier. 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 awkward questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case. Anna, however, believes Elly’s fears for Toby, her young nephew, missing since being snatched from St Stephen’s church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly’s distress. Through a series of cryptic clues Elly left behind, Anna starts asking awkward questions, embarking 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 the death of her husband, five years earlier - before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.


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Everything points to suicide - but I saw her face... Headstrong Journalist, Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years earlier. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Annas bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking awkward questions. But everything points to suicide and the Everything points to suicide - but I saw her face... Headstrong Journalist, Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years earlier. 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 awkward questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case. Anna, however, believes Elly’s fears for Toby, her young nephew, missing since being snatched from St Stephen’s church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly’s distress. Through a series of cryptic clues Elly left behind, Anna starts asking awkward questions, embarking 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 the death of her husband, five years earlier - before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.

30 review for Girl on a Train

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jade Wilson

    I read this by mistake...my book club had picked "Girl on a Train". What a wonderful mistake!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    A.J. Waines

    Hi - I'm A.J. Waines, the author or Girl on a Train. Here's some inside info about the book: What is Girl on a Train about? Everything points to suicide - but I saw her face... Girl on a Train is another stand-alone Psychological Thriller, following The Evil Beneath, featuring journalist, Anna Rothman. When a woman leaves a locket in Annas bag before jumping under a train, Anna starts asking awkward questions, but loose ends surrounding an abducted four-year-old boy are only part of the picture and Hi - I'm A.J. Waines, the author or Girl on a Train. Here's some inside info about the book: What is Girl on a Train about? Everything points to suicide - but I saw her face... Girl on a Train is another stand-alone Psychological Thriller, following The Evil Beneath, featuring journalist, Anna Rothman. When a woman leaves a locket in Anna’s bag before jumping under a train, Anna starts asking awkward questions, but loose ends surrounding an abducted four-year-old boy are only part of the picture and Anna finds herself thrust towards the centre of several chilling revelations. Where did the idea come from for Girl on a Train? I didn’t have much of a plan for this book when I started out. Just the idea of a woman, Elly Swift, dashing off a train at the wrong station and then going under the same train at a level crossing. I had the idea that it would look like suicide, but that the person sitting next to her on the train would be certain it wasn’t… What genre do your books fall under? They are psychological thrillers. Girl on a Train starts with Anna Rothman, a journalist, finding a seat in a carriage beside a woman who is agitated and fidgety. Anna sees Elly’s ticket and knows she’s stuck with her all the way across country, but then unexpectedly Elly gets off. Nothing is as it seems in the book. Anna gets her investigative journalist hat on and ends up opening several cans of worms, including an shocking one that affects her personally in a very deep way. What inspired you to write this book? I love trains and I liked the idea of starting the book on one, from Portsmouth to Waterloo. As a child, I loved mysteries with clues and this is an adult version, where Anna has to first find and then work out the meaning of the hidden messages that Elly has left behind. What else about your book might make readers interested? Everyone around Anna is saying that Elly committed suicide, unable to carry on after her nephew, a four-year-old boy was abducted, but Anna isn’t convinced. It’s a story about Anna’s courage and tenacity in her search for the truth when the odds, the police and all her supporters are telling her to drop it. Which other novels might yours be compared to? It’s a psychological thriller with a backdrop of a family tragedies, so it brings to mind Lisa Gardner, The Neighbour. What kind of story are you writing at the moment? Another Psychological Thriller about Clinical Psychologist, Sam Willerby - my new series character - who is mystified when three patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder recount scenes from the same Tube disaster - an incident, she discovers, that they were never involved in. She is horrified when one by one, they start committing suicide. What actors do you envisage playing the parts of your characters in a film version? Anna is sparky and tenacious – Emily Blunt would be a great fit. Elly is a misfit with low self-esteem; I think a ‘younger’ Kathy Bates would work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Great Story Yet another brilliant story from Ms Waines. Starts off well and generally has a good pace, although as a few other reviewers have said if drops off in the middle. But quickly picks up again. It would be great to see another story with Anna and Stefan, they make a great team of investigating reporters. Only one unread book left by this author, hope there is plenty more to come.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Would give this book 3.5* rating.enjoyed storyline but lost abit of interest in the middle.great ending love this author's work.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    3.5 * I listened to this as an audiobook. I think that's why it gets an extra half star. Sometimes I find some plots can be visualized better when I'm listening to them. I enjoyed the mystery and was glued to find out what really happened and was surprised at how it all unravelled. There were quite a few characters to keep in order and a few different things going on within the story. At times I found it a bit confusing. Overall the writing was good. A lot of detail and emotion was put into this 3.5 * I listened to this as an audiobook. I think that's why it gets an extra half star. Sometimes I find some plots can be visualized better when I'm listening to them. I enjoyed the mystery and was glued to find out what really happened and was surprised at how it all unravelled. There were quite a few characters to keep in order and a few different things going on within the story. At times I found it a bit confusing. Overall the writing was good. A lot of detail and emotion was put into this story. It's still quite entertaining. I like how the main character, Anna, persisted and fought to find out the truth.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    Wow! Five stars easily! Anna is very persevering in trying to find everything about Elly. There are a lot of twists. Eventually Anna even finds out about what really happened to her own marriage.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The author drew me in straight from the off with this story. I was as intrigued as much as Anna about Elly. Anna becomes a bit like a dog with a bone. She cant let it go and feels she owes it to Elly to find out more about her and her past. She doesnt bargain for everything she finds out though. The story splits into three parts, Annas story, then Elly and events leading up to her death and then back to Anna again. It was so interesting to see things from Annas side of things and the impression The author drew me in straight from the off with this story. I was as intrigued as much as Anna about Elly. Anna becomes a bit like a dog with a bone. She can’t let it go and feels she owes it to Elly to find out more about her and her past. She doesn’t bargain for everything she finds out though. The story splits into three parts, Anna’s story, then Elly and events leading up to her death and then back to Anna again. It was so interesting to see things from Anna’s side of things and the impression that we get of Elly to actually getting into Elly’s head. It made me empathise even more which I didn’t think could be possible. The more that Anna finds out about Elly the more the tension and suspense mounts. I couldn’t get through the pages quick enough in the hope of finding out who was behind Toby’s disappearance and Elly’s death. No way in this world could I have ever envisioned the outcome of this story. It totally blew me away. Girl On A Train is a story that ticked every box and did not disappoint. With some shocking revelations, it is sure to mess with your head while promising lots of thrills. Loved it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Ok, first let me clear this up: this book is "Girl on a Train," NOT "The Girl on the Train." Mom gave me this one and I thought it was the latter, which is #5 on Amazon's best seller list. The book I read is #1,364. Ha. I just figured this all out now as I went to review it, and it explains a lot! It's basically an ok murder mystery. I found it rather implausible and with much too little character development and believability for my liking. Having said that, I did turn the pages pretty quickly. Ok, first let me clear this up: this book is "Girl on a Train," NOT "The Girl on the Train." Mom gave me this one and I thought it was the latter, which is #5 on Amazon's best seller list. The book I read is #1,364. Ha. I just figured this all out now as I went to review it, and it explains a lot! It's basically an ok murder mystery. I found it rather implausible and with much too little character development and believability for my liking. Having said that, I did turn the pages pretty quickly. That always counts for something in my book; I'm just not sure what, in this case! If anyone reads "The Girl on The Train," be sure to let me know how you like it! I have to swear off books about girls on trains for a while.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: I gave a cordial glance at the woman beside me and felt an immediate kinship with her. She didnt seem to be part of the raucous melee and looked to be in her late twenties, like me. My smile, however, was wasted as she failed to register my presence. She wore the kind of fixed stare that made me want to flap my hands up and down in front of her face and ask 'Is anyone there?' Her scraggly hair had a stiff fringe like a yard broom that looked like it would move all at once if touched. EXCERPT: I gave a cordial glance at the woman beside me and felt an immediate kinship with her. She didn’t seem to be part of the raucous melee and looked to be in her late twenties, like me. My smile, however, was wasted as she failed to register my presence. She wore the kind of fixed stare that made me want to flap my hands up and down in front of her face and ask 'Is anyone there?' Her scraggly hair had a stiff fringe like a yard broom that looked like it would move all at once if touched. Someone should have told her that the specs were all wrong; they were chunky like the ones you get in joke shops that have a plastic nose and moustache attached. The right style might have lifted her appearance out of the plain zone into one bordering on pretty. There was something else, however, that struck me as soon as the train left the station. She was edgy, agitated, checking her watch every few moments. I heard her sigh several times and her neck craned back and forth as she looked up and down the aisle. As I tried to settle into my novel, it started to become distracting and after about five minutes, annoying. I turned Michael Buble up on my i-pod in an effort to block her out. Before long, the guard appeared. 'Waterloo. ...Waterloo. ..' he hummed, like the Abba song, as he clipped tiny boxes into the corners of our tickets. My shoulders dropped. Little Miss Fidget was going to be beside me all the way to the end of the line. As if to confirm my fears she wriggled in her seat, drummed her fingers on the edge of her bag, sniffed, pushed up her glasses then started the cycle again. ABOUT THIS BOOK: Everything points to suicide - but I saw her face... Headstrong Journalist, Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years earlier. 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 awkward questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case. Anna, however, believes Elly’s fears for Toby, her young nephew, missing since being snatched from St Stephen’s church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly’s distress. Through a series of cryptic clues Elly left behind, Anna starts asking awkward questions, embarking 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 the death of her husband, five years earlier - before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion. MY THOUGHTS: I thought this an excellent read with numerous twists, turns and dead ends. It is told from two points of view, that of Anna and, in the latter part of the book, we learn what happened from Ellie. I liked the flow of the plot, the suspicions that are cast, the action but, most of all, the characters. The plot is refreshing, realistic, and all together believable. The author casts the nets of suspicion wide, and although I correctly guessed 'whodunit', I wasn't entirely sure until it was finally revealed. There is a satisfying amount of suspense, plus a little 'action' (not sexual). A well rounded, interesting read that left me wanting to read more from this author. I could say a lot more, but in the interests of not giving away anything in the plot, I won't. THE AUTHOR: AJ Waines writes Psychological Thrillers with *nearly half-a-million* copies sold worldwide. She's a #1 Bestselling Author: GIRL ON A TRAIN topped the full UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 & 2016. Coming soon: PERFECT BONES (November 2018) Sign up for AJ's NEWSLETTER for book updates, or follow on Facebook, Twitter or AJ's Blog All her books can be read in any order: The Evil Beneath, Girl on a Train, Dark Place to Hide, No Longer Safe, Inside the Whispers, Lost in the Lake, Don't you Dare Find them all at: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com Formerly a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, she has worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, giving her a rare insight into abnormal psychology. She is fascinated by secrets and lies, crimes of passion, devious motives and anything hidden under floorboards. *A Kindle (KDP) TOP 10 'MOST-READ AUTHOR' in UK (2016)* AJ has book deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and Canada (audiobooks). She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband. DISCLOSURE: I listened to The Girl On A Train by A. J. Waines, narrated by Melissa Chambers, published by Novel Audio, via OverDrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Clynes

    Okay, first things first, this novel is NOT to be confused with the mega selling The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, which was made into a film starring Emily Blunt. This book however was reduced at the Amazon Kindle Store to just 99p and having read the blurb, I thought this mystery was worth a go for the money. Anna Rothman, a journalist, is travelling by train from Portsmouth to London. A woman sat next to her catches her attention but leaves the train at Micheldever station, only Anna Okay, first things first, this novel is NOT to be confused with the mega selling The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, which was made into a film starring Emily Blunt. This book however was reduced at the Amazon Kindle Store to just 99p and having read the blurb, I thought this mystery was worth a go for the money. Anna Rothman, a journalist, is travelling by train from Portsmouth to London. A woman sat next to her catches her attention but leaves the train at Micheldever station, only Anna believes something is wrong. A tragedy then happens to this woman and Anna takes it upon herself to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding her departure from the train. I found Girl on a Train to be a POOR read, a mystery that was padded out with lots of unnecessary descriptive text setting out every scene. The extreme detailing of the scenes became tiresome for me to read. I thought the plot was weak with there being only 3 key items to finding out what the Girl on a Train had been involved in. Although these 3 key items involved codes, this does not have the quality of a Dan Brown novel, where there is a lot of deciphering of codes and symbols. There was however a good range of characters to give plenty of scope to who the bad guy was. But it was stretching motivation to the limits as to why Anna was actually bothered in getting to the bottom of this shallow mystery considering it was unpaid work. Then we had the unlikely coincidences with Anna’s past woven into this tiresome tale. The story trudged on with Anna’s perspective when suddenly I turned the page and whallop! I was now confronted with part two and this was going back in time before the train journey and told the sorry tale from the Girl on the Train’s perspective. This time shift and sudden change of focus annoyed me, big time. To add further annoyance to my reading pleasure, a lot further on and I turned the page and “oh dear”, I had reached part three and I was back to Anna’s perspective. This was really frustrating as not only had it shifted back to the present time but I knew more about what had happened than Anna. So, all in all, I found Girl on a Train to be a frustrating and annoying read. It was a very easy book to put down but I read it to the end. It was NOT a joy to read but gave me the strong feeling of “I’ve started, so I will finish”. Girl on a Train only gets 2 stars from me but like trains, thankfully there will be another novel shortly to pull into my grasp.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Loretta Milan

    Alisons work is surprisingly visual, almost cinematic, a camera seeming to pan scenes at times. She tells me that a surprising amount of imagery is used in psychotherapy because, when people find it hard to describe feelings, they turn to pictures instead such as black clouds for depression. This has given her a strong grasp of the power of imagery and its unsurprising that, for her, writing first drafts can be like lucid dreaming at times. There are many great examples of vivid imagery I could Alison’s work is surprisingly visual, almost cinematic, a camera seeming to pan scenes at times. She tells me that a surprising amount of imagery is used in psychotherapy because, when people find it hard to describe feelings, they turn to pictures instead such as black clouds for depression. This has given her a strong grasp of the power of imagery and it’s unsurprising that, for her, writing first drafts can be like lucid dreaming at times. There are many great examples of vivid imagery I could have picked out from Girl on a Train but one scene seemed, to me, to be the sharpest of all: “A soggy mattress lay squashed behind an old aluminum dust bin and a pile of crushed soup tins, all chicken and leek, were scattered beside it. Someone had written: Tanya is a fat slag on the wall above them. A bicycle missing both its wheels, saddle and handlebar was lying buckled on the pavement, like a giant crushed stick-insect.” Dialogue, both inner and outer, is also strong. Very natural. Although now retired from her career in psychotherapy, Alison has spent much time, over the years, allowing people to pour out their hearts to her and getting to the heart of issues. Therefore, her familiarity with hidden and explicit meanings in the spoken word really comes across. And, as the story is told from multiple perspectives, there is diversity of insight through the characters’ inner dialogue although there is a little repetition at times. Grief and prejudice, in particular, are powerfully captured. Yet the outpourings of emotion are not over done. The story is not melodramatic nor elongated. Emotion adds to the power of the story and makes the plot even more gripping on its journey to the ending which, personally, I found truly surprising. Read the full Literary Lightbox book review and interview with AJ Waines here: http://www.literarylightbox.com/aj-wa...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

    My review is only based on 60% of the book cos I fed the rest to my sisters cat

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Okay so, I am not going to lie - I bought this book in the Kindle sale last year thinking that it was The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins! There is definitely a lesson there about wearing your glasses. I believe that I only payed 99p for this one and it was actually a fabulous read. I have tried my best to avoid any spoilers so that you may enjoy this book, too. I have, however, included some key characteristics of the novel as a whole, in order to provide enough detail for readers to make an Okay so, I am not going to lie - I bought this book in the Kindle sale last year thinking that it was The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins! There is definitely a lesson there about wearing your glasses. I believe that I only payed 99p for this one and it was actually a fabulous read. I have tried my best to avoid any spoilers so that you may enjoy this book, too. I have, however, included some key characteristics of the novel as a whole, in order to provide enough detail for readers to make an informed decision about the read. This book possesses the one quality that makes a good book great in my eyes: it was unpredictable! I always think ahead and overthink things and therefore, books can be boring for me if I can predict the outcome a few chapters in. However, this one pleasantly surprised me. It allowed me to guess just enough that I thought I was winning and lowered my expectations... and then BAM. The twists, Oh my! I definitely had developed a false sense of security which was blown to smithereens.  There were a few moments that actually made the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Waines is a master of suspenseful, heart-rate-quickening writing. It is a hugely descriptive book, but not exhaustively so; the balance of detail has been met perfectly for a detective/whodunit novel. It is a very sensory book and the reader is deeply immersed into the world created by the author. I enjoyed the writing style of the book and the British-isms contained within are familiar and enjoyable.  Several features of the detective fiction genre are evident in the novel. The book contains a central 'investigator' and an inadequate police force. There is a large number of suspects and many red herrings, a British setting and deductive reasoning. The puzzle form of the novel involves detective work to piece together the clues and evidence left behind. Waines creates an intellectual game of tennis between the protagonist and the victim. The characters of the novel are interwoven in ways that both surprise and illuminate.  This book is truly a compulsive read which promises an emotional roller-coaster of a journey that will leave you questioning everyone and everything you read! Honestly- READ IT!!! And not just because your vision was ill-equipped.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Raina

    I was enjoying this book until I came across the terrible Caribbean stereotypes. Me name Flora? Really?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Burton

    I wanted to like this because so many people recommended it but really it was dreadful. an unlikable, prudish narrator with a ridiculous back story, a string of unlikely coincidences and an ending so ludicrous it was almost funny. Almost. ETA: this I'd not the book that so many recommended. That is The Girl on a Train. Typical.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    An excellent book with really good twists and turns. A sizzling good ending. Full review to follow.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Babus Ahmed

    On a train journey back to Waterloo, Anna, a free-lance journalist sits next to an unsettled woman. Knowing that they are both headed to Waterloo, Anna is surprised when the woman gets off the train at an earlier stop and is haunted by her encounter with the woman when she hears of her death on the train tracks. However, the unfortunate woman reaches out to Anna after her death by leaving her a gold heart-shaped locket as a clue, but exactly what are the clues too? Anna has no idea her search On a train journey back to Waterloo, Anna, a free-lance journalist sits next to an unsettled woman. Knowing that they are both headed to Waterloo, Anna is surprised when the woman gets off the train at an earlier stop and is haunted by her encounter with the woman when she hears of her death on the train tracks. However, the unfortunate woman reaches out to Anna after her death by leaving her a gold heart-shaped locket as a clue, but exactly what are the clues too? Anna has no idea her search will tie back to her own past when she sets on the trail set my the girl on the train. I found this thriller easy to read and moderately paced as we follow protagonist Anna on her quest to find out who this mysterious woman was. Anna cannot believe the stranger committed suicide and makes use of her investigative journalist skills to find all she can. With allies and enemies emerging on her quest, this story is engaging and gripping as the mystery of the woman herself and her missing nephew drive the reader's interest in this story. Chilling and far from predictable, this is a definite must-read for mystery thriller fans.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Graeme Cumming

    Downloaded this to my Kindle as it appeared in a list of books recommended to me and the reviews suggested it offered some surprises. It's true that I never would have guessed who the culprit was, but by the time I got to the revelation I was not far off not caring. This was more to do with the writing style and pace of the story than any major flaw in the story line. A particularly irritating aspect of the book was the wide range of characters depicted. Not that I would recommend a very small Downloaded this to my Kindle as it appeared in a list of books recommended to me and the reviews suggested it offered some surprises. It's true that I never would have guessed who the culprit was, but by the time I got to the revelation I was not far off not caring. This was more to do with the writing style and pace of the story than any major flaw in the story line. A particularly irritating aspect of the book was the wide range of characters depicted. Not that I would recommend a very small "cast list", but I was grateful for the search facility on my Kindle so I could keep going back and reminding myself who was who. Sadly, this made a slow-moving story feel even slower. Personally I felt it could have benefited from a severe edit, cutting down the length and eliminating some of the unnecessary sub-plotting. By making it a sharper, pacier novel, my 3 star rating could easily have been 5.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janet Numan

    This book is not "Girl on the Train" - it's better! I have read both this book and the other one which everyone seems to be confusing for this one. I actually found that this one is far better. This story had much more mystery to it, and I love mystery-thrillers! Great paced, great protagonist and I enjoyed much more. A great read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Frances Thompson

    I wanted to read this book because I'd read about how the other book of a similar name had actually catapulted this book to the top of the Amazon Kindle charts because people kept downloading it by mistake. I subsequently wanted this book to then be better than the other one. But it wasn't. It really, really wasn't. So yes, I finished this book, because yes, it had me hooked in terms of wanting to know what happened, but ultimately I wanted to see if the book and author would redeem themselves. I wanted to read this book because I'd read about how the other book of a similar name had actually catapulted this book to the top of the Amazon Kindle charts because people kept downloading it by mistake. I subsequently wanted this book to then be better than the other one. But it wasn't. It really, really wasn't. So yes, I finished this book, because yes, it had me hooked in terms of wanting to know what happened, but ultimately I wanted to see if the book and author would redeem themselves. You see, after plodding along quite nicely through the first half, my only gripe was that the story badly needed an editor and about half as many words. But then I began to feel quite angry about some of the stances the characters and ultimately the author took, not least the offensive views that (view spoiler)[rape is a crime you can ignore in order to find some good in a person (!!!!) (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[being gay is a shameful thing that would have you thrown out of the Met police (hide spoiler)] . It also had the most bizarre use of a church to create a community of characters (the majority of which didn't seem to be church-going types at all, see married man having multiple affairs with women much younger than him) and the fact that (view spoiler)[ two completely separate stories and circumstance became so inextricably linked (hide spoiler)] really did make me almost laugh in disbelief. All these scathing things said, I was surprised by The Big Reveal and didn't find it completely unthinkable or lacking in feasibility... albeit a stretch of the imagination. But when all is said and done the previously mentioned viewpoints on issues we shouldn't mess around with, even in fiction, unless sensitively done so, means this is my first 1 star book of the year.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathi

    I had read an article that this book shot to fame when readers mistook it for Paula Hawkins' hit book. So of course, I had to find out more. I listened to the audiobook, which I loved. Since it took place in England, I felt like I was transported there with the narrator. The story at first was so confusing, because I couldn't really understand why we were focusing on two investigations, but then of course it all came together in the end. I loved the suspense, the clues we were to follow, the I had read an article that this book shot to fame when readers mistook it for Paula Hawkins' hit book. So of course, I had to find out more. I listened to the audiobook, which I loved. Since it took place in England, I felt like I was transported there with the narrator. The story at first was so confusing, because I couldn't really understand why we were focusing on two investigations, but then of course it all came together in the end. I loved the suspense, the clues we were to follow, the characters, and the crazy way that it mirrored real life with good people doing bad things, and bad people trying to be good. And of course, the mystery! I did not see the ending coming, which is the best part of this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Smoak

    Honestly, it took me a while to finish this book because I didn't enjoy it. The writing style was lacking and it was a drag. The narrator was unlikeable to me, the plotline was pretty unbelievable and there were some parts of the plot that honestly bothered me like (view spoiler)[ her using racial stereotypes to describe The Sisters, her rape apologist attitude towards the end, the idea that being gay somehow means you're troubled (hide spoiler)] and while the ending was supposed to shock and Honestly, it took me a while to finish this book because I didn't enjoy it. The writing style was lacking and it was a drag. The narrator was unlikeable to me, the plotline was pretty unbelievable and there were some parts of the plot that honestly bothered me like (view spoiler)[ her using racial stereotypes to describe The Sisters, her rape apologist attitude towards the end, the idea that being gay somehow means you're troubled (hide spoiler)] and while the ending was supposed to shock and thrill me, at that point I couldn't care less. And honestly, the characters were so two-dimensional I just wanted it to be done with. EDIT: Also, there were some weird and spontaneous line breaks throughout the book that I found disruptive. Formatting errors of some kind, or was it a stylistic choice? I gave it two stars instead of one because I do think that it's easy to read and I did find (view spoiler)[ the scene from Elly's perspective to be more interesting than the rest of the book (hide spoiler)] . And if you like the genre of Agatha Christie-style mysteries, you'll probably enjoy this. And yes, it probably doesn't help that I received this book as a gift by mistake because the giver thought that this was THE girl on THE train. Ah, well :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharie McLemore

    Don't let the title fool you - it's NOT "THE girl on THE train" I fell for it, thinking it was the much-talked-about "THE girl on THE train" which is being made into a movie. I'm sure the title is not a coincidence, and was deliberately chosen for this reason. It's trash, full of fantastical coincidences and the inexplicable actions of total strangers who somehow take an instant adoration of Anna and help her out. This is not even comic-book like; it's not that good. It's silly beyond belief. Don't let the title fool you - it's NOT "THE girl on THE train" I fell for it, thinking it was the much-talked-about "THE girl on THE train" which is being made into a movie. I'm sure the title is not a coincidence, and was deliberately chosen for this reason. It's trash, full of fantastical coincidences and the inexplicable actions of total strangers who somehow take an instant adoration of Anna and help her out. This is not even comic-book like; it's not that good. It's silly beyond belief. Perils of Pauline except nothing ever happens and she never learns. She's so dense, she catches on to nothing. The "clues" left by Elly - it is to laugh. And why she left them - even more ridiculous. Not to mention how Anna follows them. I only finished it because I'm genetically incapable of not finishing any book I start. Don't waste your time

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ok so it was a rocky read for me,but the mystery hooked me from the beginning and i tottaly didnt see the ending coming,plus this book is good to read for perents,that let there kids as young as 9 play age unupropriet video games and read violent and sexual comics,in a lot of ways if it wasnt for comic books and niglect by the groun ups,even her Uncle who was to busy to hide his own dirty secrets to notice his niece was heading in the derection of no return,Linda woudnt have ended up a killer of ok so it was a rocky read for me,but the mystery hooked me from the beginning and i tottaly didnt see the ending coming,plus this book is good to read for perents,that let there kids as young as 9 play age unupropriet video games and read violent and sexual comics,in a lot of ways if it wasnt for comic books and niglect by the groun ups,even her Uncle who was to busy to hide his own dirty secrets to notice his niece was heading in the derection of no return,Linda woudnt have ended up a killer of two people and nearly killer of two other at only 9

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I found this book quite intriguing. Unusual plot, good development of major characters, and good suspense. The author demonstrates a keen understanding of people, and in particular a keen understanding of troubled individuals. At first read, some details might seem unimportant, but after finishing the story and re-reading the book I can see exactly why the author focused on such detail. I was a bit disconcerted when the POV and timeline changed about a third of the way through. Perhaps I missed an I found this book quite intriguing. Unusual plot, good development of major characters, and good suspense. The author demonstrates a keen understanding of people, and in particular a keen understanding of troubled individuals. At first read, some details might seem unimportant, but after finishing the story and re-reading the book I can see exactly why the author focused on such detail. I was a bit disconcerted when the POV and timeline changed about a third of the way through. Perhaps I missed an introductory page that indicated the book was in three parts (I read it on a Kindle so it's possible I skipped something). The POV and timeline shift made sense, though, and it certainly strengthened the story. I will definitely read more of this author's work. In fact, I've ordered the next book (not a series) and look forward to reading it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dave Squabbles

    Like the first novel the Girl on a Train is superb. A good read for those who like mystery, suspense and the thinkings of the mind. The plot thickens throughout the novel starting from a simple train journey to a climax of an ending, one the reader is unlikely to guess (I was miles off). The reader is also taken on a journey, through the eyes of Anna Rothman allowing you to understand and feel the inner battles of her mind. Without giving anything away Anna Rothman is like a dog with a bone, Like the first novel the Girl on a Train is superb. A good read for those who like mystery, suspense and the thinking’s of the mind. The plot thickens throughout the novel starting from a simple train journey to a climax of an ending, one the reader is unlikely to guess (I was miles off). The reader is also taken on a journey, through the eyes of Anna Rothman allowing you to understand and feel the inner battles of her mind. Without giving anything away Anna Rothman is like a ‘dog with a bone’, similarly when reading this novel it is “relentless” you won’t be able to put it down until you know what has happened.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I couldn't go further than a few pages into this book. It read, as another reviewer said, like the first draft of a novel. Riddled with cliche and stilted writing. It needed a very good editor. Tried to read because I got it free from Amazon and thought it was the famous book, but quickly realised it wasn't. There are so many great books in the world that I couldn't bring myself to pursue this more than a few pages, and that's rare for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Agnes (BeaderBubbe)

    Anna, a journalist is on a train and sits next to Elly, who is not only strange and fidgety but also leaves the train and gets killed.....or was it suicide. Something about Elly makes Anna follow the trail to find the truth. Little does she knows not only is she personally entwined in this mystery but also nothing is as it seems.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anna Maudsley

    this is the 4th novel from A J Waines that I have read and I have to say I love her writing style & characters, the story flows and she writes about everyday heroes and everyday monsters that are believable and make sense.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Wow! I loved this book. It twists and turns constantly and has a "didn't see that coming" ending. Great read.

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