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February Book Club: "The Girl on the Train"

Join the Living Book Club this month as we dive into a new thriller from across the pond, Paula Hawkins' "The Girl on the Train."

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We're almost halfway through February and wanted to check in to see how everyone was enjoying our latest pick, Paula Hawkins' "The Girl on the Train." Released in January to much acclaim, this book is the thriller we've been waiting for since "Gone Girl" raised the plot-twist bar.


"The Girl on the Train" is narrated by three very different (and very unreliable) women, and the timeline throughout the mystery is far from linear. Hawkins' jumps back and forth with her narrators (and their positions in years) but clues you in to the who and when with helpful headers at the top of every chapter.


From the Publisher:

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the same track, flashes past the same stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the same signal that allows her to 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 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?


We also had the chance to hear the audiobook, and if you are a listener rather than a reader, this version translates almost flawlessly and will not disappoint. The producers chose to cast three separate people in lieu of having one person read all three parts, and it makes the story so engaging and dynamic. If you haven't picked up the book yet, you should definitely try the audio version! Take a listen below and let us know what you think.

As always, we love to know if you're reading (or listening!) along. This one kept us guessing right up until the end, so we can't wait to hear your thoughts... and if you figured it out before we did!