Headstrong journalist Anna Rothman knows what suicide looks like - her own husband killed himself five years ago. When Elly Swift, an agitated passenger beside her on a train, leaves a locket in Anna's bag before jumping onto the tracks, Anna starts asking questions. But everything points to suicide and the police close the case.
However, Anna believes that Elly's fears for Toby, her young nephew who was snatched from St. Stephen's church six months ago, fail to explain the true reason behind Elly's distress. Through a series of hidden messages Elly left behind, Anna embarks on a dangerous crusade to track down Toby and find Elly's killer.
But nothing is as it seems and Anna opens a can of worms that throws into question even her own husband's suicide - before the threads of the mystery converge in an astonishing conclusion.
©2013 AJ Waines (P)2015 Author's Republic
This story is not believable and does not hold the attention of the listener.
Poor plot with unlikely twists and turns.
I wouldn,t recommend it as the listener will be disappointed.
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Before answering the question I'd like to make other Audible listeners aware that this is not the book that has been made into a film. That would be 'The Girl on The Train'. 'The' not 'A'! I feel a bit silly for having made that mistake myself and don't want other people to waste their money.
Right, back to the review. I'll be as kind as possible even though I feel a little bit duped. Is this book deliberately trying to ride on the back of the other book's success? I mean, look at the similarity between the images used. Sorry, off track again. Track. That's a train pun. This is turning out to be the worst review I've ever written but it's a work of literary genius compared with A. J. Waines offering 'Girl on A Train'. So, no, I won't be trying another book by the same author. The narrator, however, was actually pretty good. Only one of her accents made me giggle a little bit every time the characters came up. If you've listened to this book you can have a guess at which one. I could listen to her again I guess. She didn't make me want to bang my head against the wall. Not like one I listened to earlier whose voice got a bit spitty. I hate hearing other people's saliva. Melissa Chambers - non-spitty voice - ok with me.
Most interesting: Ellie's clues.
Least interesting: The main character's best friend's love life. Didn't care. Wasn't sure how it added to the story.
Yes she was fine, except for one as mentioned earlier.
Hmm, difficult one. Actually, I did enjoy the story as just that. A story. You could write down the main events of the book in a bullet point list and I would enjoy it just the same! The author's writing style lacks... well... style. The sentences convey the plot but aren't constructed to add anything atmospheric or clever. It's a good yarn but it's not a thing of beauty. In places it sounds like it has been written by a 14 year old girl.
Just in case you missed it at the beginning, this is not the book that has been made into a film. If you were looking for the genuine article, search for 'The Girl on The Train'.
I said I was going to be kind. I don't think I managed that, sorry. Honesty is always best though...
Look at the title carefully before purchase. Also, wasn't too enamoured with the narrator. A 9 year old girl from Stockwell does not usually speak with a Knightsbridge accent. A really average book, not the blockbuster I though I was buying!
interesting twists and an outcome that left the reader/listener thinking the perpetrator was completey different. interesting entwining of how the characters lives were linked. enjoyed.
"Adequate Performance; Utterly Ridiculous Ending"
I had been recommended this book and it was on my to-read list for the last year, but I found the (audio)book sorely disappointing: the narration was fairly flat (it is particularly dreadful when the story becomes more stylized and dramatic), and the ending is utterly unbelievable. I actually laughed out loud near the end, which is probably not the intention of the author.
The main character came across as judgmental and frankly, unpleasant -- as are most of the other characters. Worse, the author seems to be harshly critical of women and their bodies; in fact, the language to describe the bodies of larger women made me cringe. It was almost hateful.
The written prose is probably on the level of any Dan Brown novel (take that as you will). I would consider it a passable diversion, but will not be recommending it to any of my friends.
"A few good story ideas that fell flat"
I listened, but really did not care for this novel. It is written in such a way that there is no room for speculation on the readers part, which makes for a boring mystery/thriller/suspense. It did not invoke much if any thought, and the reader must sit back as things are revealed that are either obvious or ridiculous. I feel like there were multiple elements to the story that could have made for a great novel, but the author was not able to get them to come across in a cohesive manner. I think this novel could have been enhanced by the narration, but this narrator did not pull that off.
"Got the wrong book"
I thought I was buying The girl on the Train. I saw the movie and I really
Inked it. Don't make the same mistake. This book starts slow and never gains momentum. The characters are not fully developed and are unappealing.
"thought it was girl on THE train"
it was interesting but highly unlikely and unbelievable to be very good. if you could get past the incredible coincidences and all things coming together neatly...ya if you can get past all that its a great book
"Plot Twists for Dummies"
I wanted this to be good, as my first audible purchase.
I ...liked...the beginning as it was an intriguing premise, and props to the author for undertaking the ambitious plot, but the story fell short for my taste as I felt undermined as a reader when the obvious turned out to be exactly what it promised and the missed opportunities play out in your head better than the actual story. I'm sure readers can find something better to listen to in this genre.
When listening, I found no moment where i sincerely felt empathy for Anna, the protagonists, personal turmoil as she was not depicted as likeable person.
Too many times I found myself face palming when a plainly obvious and interesting detail would go ignored or hastily summarized in a rushed quick tie by a supporting character. Resulting in plot "twists" and "A-ha" moments that are either foreshadowed to death or just borderline ludicrous.
"You won't be disappointed !"
This book will capture your attention and it would have you wondering every step of the way. It is full of suspense and well narrated .
I'm glad I read it before the movie came out.
unknowingly it turned out to touch on some very personal issues, and cause a few tears of my own.
good story. Every detail has impotence on a long rabbit trail. I now must see the movie
I've listened to a lot of audiobooks, including a lot of mystery thrillers. And I've read a lot of mystery thrillers. In my opinion this is a very poor one. Poorly written, poorly plotted and a drippy and silly heroine. At times I thought it was like a kids' book.
I know a lot of people like this book but I think it's rubbish.
"OMG listen to this book if you want to fall asleep"
If one bit of action or suspense occurred at any point during the book
Not unless I'm suffering from insomnia
Be careful if you're listening to this while driving at night
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