The Girl on the Train Review & Movie Info

Posted September 6, 2016 by Pixie in Blog / 0 Comments

The Girl on the Train Review & Movie InfoThe Girl on the Train on January 2015
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5 Stars

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

The Girl on the Train was unlike any other book I have read. The main characters, are such horrid people (seriously, not even one is likable) but that is what makes the book oh so good; you’ll never guess what twist is going to happen next.

The story is told mainly through Rachel’s point of view. Rachel is an alcoholic that is devastated by the loss of her marriage. Everyday on the train into work she passes the house she bought, now lived in by her ex and his new wife.  A few houses down is a new couple, so to keep her mind off of her house, she watches this new couple (Megan & Scott) and makes up a story about their life. It is just something to keep her mind off the other house, until the day Rachel sees something, that shatters her  image of the happy couple. Rachel does the unthinkable, and hops off the train to confront Megan. Rachel (we assume) never made it to Megan’s house, she cannot remember what happen the night before. She woke up the next day with a horrible hangover; bruises and cuts all over her body and with the news reporting Megan is missing.

We see a few chapters from Megan past – about a year before she goes missing.  Rachel is obsessed with finding Megan and because of what she saw on the train that day, she thinks she can help… basically, by lying to Megan’s husband to get him to trust her.

Like I mentioned above, non of the characters in this book are decent human beings; they lie, steal, cheat and abuse each other. The characters are so well written, you start to loathe but feel sorry for them in the end. The characters and their behaviors are what push this story. You want to know what they are going to do next, you want to know what secrets are better hidden in the past and you want to know how it is all going to end.


About the Film – In Theaters October 7

Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods).


The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.


Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor.  The film’s executive producers are Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas, and it will be released by Universal Pictures.


Genre: Thriller

Cast: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow, Laura Prepon

Directed by: Tate Taylor

Writers:  Erin Cressida Wilson

Based on the Novel by: Paula Hawkins

Produced by: Marc Platt

Executive Producers: Jared LeBoff, Celia Costas

5 Stars

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