The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Book Club Pick


Read this: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠The Girl on The Train⁠ by Paul Hawkins
Watch this:  The Girl on The Train, a 2016 major motion picture

Overall Opinion of the Book

Claire: I liked it. It was a little confusing to keep up with the characters at first, but it helped having multiple narrators. I haven’t read the other girl on the books so not sure how they compare.

Julie: I liked it more than I thought it would. Yes, it is the same as all of the other “girl on the/girl in the” books and yes it’s obviously calling back to the classics like Rear Window and Gaslight. I liked the story, writing, and characters way better than The Woman in the Window, even though at their cores they’re very similar.

Overall Opinion of the Movie

Julie: The movie was just, meh. I didn’t expect the movie to follow all three women. I thought it would just follow Rachel. The spicy scenes 😳

Claire: It was okay. I was mostly thrown off by some weird camera angels but nothing super crazy.  The killing at the end was more brutal than i was expecting.

Before you say which you liked better, did you read the book or listen to the audiobook… because it matters.

Claire: Listened to it on Spotify

Julie: Read the paperback

Which was better?

Julie: The book

Claire: The book


  1. Was the outcome the same in both the show and the book? Yes
  2. Was the main character/primary narrator the same in the show and the book? Yes
  3. Was the primary conflict the same in the show and the book? Yes
  4. Would you read the book again or recommend it to a friend? No
  5. Would you watch the show again or recommend it to a friend? No

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