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The Girl on the Train

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Boogers Wed 30-Dec-15 08:43:02

What an excellent book! Just that really.

If anyone is looking for a recommendation for a brilliant thriller I heartily recommend this book. It's taken me less than a week to finish it and DH says he can't remember the last time I did that with a book. Excellent debut novel!

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VashtaNerada Wed 30-Dec-15 08:49:51

I didn't enjoy it at all! Found it very predictable and disappointing. But each to their own! I liked Gone Girl and hardly anyone else did smile

TheWoodenSpoonOfMischief Wed 30-Dec-15 09:08:04

I really liked it too. I ve only recently started reading thrillers, thanks to mumsnet recommendation of Into The Darkest Corner, and I get really drawn into them.
I finished Girl on the Train in 4 days and can't remember the last time I managed that!

Quogwinkle Wed 30-Dec-15 09:53:00

It wasn't bad as a good old fashioned type thriller and I enjoyed it for what it was, but don't understand why it got so much hype - it isn't any better than any of the other thrillers out there that don't get the big promotion.

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes which was published a few years ago is better.

tillop Wed 30-Dec-15 10:43:41

First post.

I am reading Disclaimer by Renee Knight.

Phew its good...

Boogers Wed 30-Dec-15 16:26:36

I think my next reads will be Disclaimer (courtesy of tillop) and Darkest Corner (courtesy of Quog and Wooden Spoon). Might take a while to get them from the library but thanks for the recommendations! smile

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ChipsandGuac Wed 30-Dec-15 16:30:28

Vashta I Liked both of them!

They were filming Girl on the Train at a town close to me a few weeks ago. The movie is set in the US which I think sucks a bit, tbh.

ChipsandGuac Wed 30-Dec-15 16:32:36

I forgot to add, the only downside of GOTT was I worked it all out very quickly. I blame that on reading too many relationship threads on MN! grin

Redglitter Wed 30-Dec-15 16:35:21

I thought it was totally over hyped I much preferred A Girl on A train which I bought by accident. Hated gone girl and I hate so many books are compared to them.both

Boogers Wed 30-Dec-15 16:38:32

Chipsand - in a rare time of self-restraint I didn't read the last pages or flick through for spoilers. Probably what kept me hanging on until the last page, though I skipped a couple of pages where x was doing nasty things to y (spoiler averted) but it was still a gripping read!

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Shadow1986 Wed 30-Dec-15 16:38:40

My sister recommended girl on the train to me and I did enjoy it but also found it quite predictable! So no shock ending for me.

Boogers Wed 30-Dec-15 16:40:43

I've not yet read Gone Girl and though I know there's a twist I don't actually know what the story is about. That's one on my To-Do list too.

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RiverTam Wed 30-Dec-15 16:43:27

I thought it was massively overhyped. I knew nothing about it but guessed what happened. I never guess. So I don't think it was all that, tbh.

wonkylampshade Wed 30-Dec-15 16:44:09

I enjoyed it too! Our book club subsequently read 'The Book of You' which was great as well, quite creepy though.

Boogers Wed 30-Dec-15 16:46:56

Lots of recommendations on here, thank you all for the suggestions. I might just find my reading mojo again!

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wonkylampshade Wed 30-Dec-15 16:57:33

Check out Wolf Winter by Cecilia Eckback, and The Miniaturist too - I've just got back into reading after a looong break (cheers children), and enjoyed both of those.

Quogwinkle Wed 30-Dec-15 17:10:47

Gone Girl has divided opinion on MN quite a lot, but I'm firmly in the liked it camp. I loved the sheer nastiness of it - twisted, manipulative spite - and the ending I thought was very fitting.

I've been enjoying the Shardlake historical (Tudor) crime thrillers by C J Sansom recently. I've read four, with two to go. Big novels, well written, good plotting and satisfying conclusions. I have also read S J Parris's Giordano Bruno thrillers (Elizabethan era, he works for the spy master Sir Francis Walsingham) and enjoyed the tight plotting and good writing here too.

Boogers Wed 30-Dec-15 18:34:44

Don't tell me what happens in Gone Girl (fingers in ears, eyes closed, la la la la la) I've seen the film posters in the train station but genuinely do not know the story!

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Quogwinkle Wed 30-Dec-15 18:57:20

Wouldn't spoil the plot for you, Boogers - just encouraging you to read it - it's well worth it smile

southeastdweller Wed 30-Dec-15 19:45:52

I found it enjoyable but nothing special. Her publisher should win awards for the marketing of this book, if they haven't already. The passages on Rachel's alcoholism were very well-done, harrowing and credible.

5Foot5 Wed 30-Dec-15 19:58:30

I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train. I liked the way that characters are not quite who you first thought they were. It kept me absorbed on a very long journey this summer.

However, I disliked Gone Girl very much and was cross with the ending

TenTinyTadpoles Fri 01-Jan-16 19:01:16

I've had it and Gone Girl on my kindle for ages, I never seem to be in the mood to tackle them. Admittedly it's not been helped by hearing a lot of people saying that they didn't much like it or couldn't get in to it. I'll have to have a go at it soon. However, I'm a bit of a wuss so will it give me nightmares if I read it in bed?

Debsmumof3 Fri 01-Jan-16 19:28:55

I persevered with Gone Girl but was really disappointed. But Girl On A Train was brilliant. Live Cormoran Strike Trillogy And for easy reading Elly Griffiths is fab. I love the characters.

everydayinMK Fri 01-Jan-16 21:54:00

Girl On The Train & Gone Girl are not bad books at all. wine

The other one that I'm hearing noises about is Obama's alleged fave of the year, Fates and Furies. That's my next book to read. grin

But the one I still can't stop RAVING about to anyone who will listen is The Theseus Paradox. Truly, if you like twisty thrillers - this was my absolute best book of 2015. Knocks spots off anything else because you don't know what's fact and what's fiction.fshock It has ruined me for other novels!

everydayinMK Fri 01-Jan-16 23:49:36

Sorry - last link seems to be broken.

The Theseus Paradox -

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