Why Everyone's Talking About 'The Girl On The Train'

February 4, 2015 1:54 PM

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Why Everyone's Talking About 'The Girl On The Train'

When Gone Girl burst onto the scene in 2012, with its intoxicating tale of marriage gone wrong and its fist-pump-inducing rant on the Cool Girl, the stage was soon set for many future thrillers to be blurbed as “the next Gone Girl.” The Girl on the Train, a recently published literary mystery by Paula Hawkins, has been honored with such comparisons in the course of its buzzy climb to number one on the bestseller charts.

It’s a reasonable comparison: Both deal with the treacherous dynamics of marriage and the damaging effects of internalized misogyny, and, of course, feature highly unreliable narrators. The breakout success of The Girl on the Train, just a few years after Gone Girl, suggests readers aren't done with...

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