Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins

January 23, 2015 1:45 PM

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Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins

Critics are comparing Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and that’s not a bad thing. For a writer, the mention of Gone Girl, which is still on the paperback bestseller list, is probably the best possible scenario. And the comparison is not completely off-base: Both novels make excellent use of unreliable narrators and slyly examine the darker side of relationships.

But The Girl on the Train — the first novel from former journalist Hawkins — stands just fine on its own, thank you. A compulsively readable nail-biter set in a London suburb that turns out to be anything but cozy, the book may actually have more in common thematically with the Hitchcock film Rear W...

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