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Subject: "The Girl on the Train"
Date Posted: 9/27/2016 8:36 AM ET
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Has anyone else read this book?  Opinion?  It looks to me on here and on Goodreads.com, that many disliked it, thinking it to be boring and simple.  I disagree.  I LOVED this book, and just saw the movie trailer for it.  As always, the movie probably will not touch the depth and satisfaction of reading the book, but I must say the trailer looked very compelling and true to the story line.  Will anyone else be watching this movie?

Date Posted: 9/27/2016 9:00 AM ET
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I have the book in a pile but have not read it yet. I have seen so many negative reviews I have been wondering if I will read it.

Date Posted: 9/27/2016 9:33 AM ET
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Charles-I think it's a love it, or hate it kind of read.  I felt it was true to form for a physiological thriller, full of twists and turns, but had some mundane subject matter.  THAT did not bother me at all, I enjoyed the flow.  It is slightly reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock feel.  If you read it, please give your opinion.  I did do a review on it.

Date Posted: 10/4/2016 3:49 PM ET
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I didn't realize so many didn't like it as out of everyone I know who read it loved it, except for me.  Though I didn't care for it, I would never have called it simple or boring...but more like a train wreck of humanity along the lines of Gillian Flynn's books.  Off to check out the trailer, even so.

ETA: It is slightly reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock feel.   Now, this I agree with very much.

Last Edited on: 10/4/16 3:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/4/2016 12:23 AM ET
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I loved this book, and hope to enjoy the movie.

Date Posted: 11/4/2016 1:07 PM ET
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I also love the book, but I am alwys so disappointed when I see the movies, so I'll skip.


Date Posted: 12/22/2016 11:31 AM ET
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I didn't care for it. I like to root for a character and there was no one likeable in this book. That being said, it wasn't bad, I just don't care for books that are like this. I felt the same about Gone Girl. The mystery is good but there aren't any characters to root for; you dislike them all.

Date Posted: 1/14/2017 3:32 PM ET
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I also didn't care for it.

The fifth grade teacher at school had it recommended to her, and when she was done she came into my library and asked me if I had read it. I said Yes! Then she asked me if she was the only person who didn't like it and I laughed and said No!

Date Posted: 1/16/2017 12:00 PM ET
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I saw the movie, and although I hadn't read the book - I was left flat as a pancake at the end.  Who is Megan?  I never understood the movie.  Maybe I need to watch it again.  I had read The Girl With all the Gifts (audio), and the movie was excellent.  What a nice twist in the end. 


Date Posted: 1/22/2017 1:56 PM ET
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Well, I had the kids over to watch this movie again with me.  Jimmy (SIL) is a wiz at figuring out "who done it."  We talked through the movie, and they agreed that it a very confusing movie.  We didn't like the way it jumped from 6 mon. ago, to today, to one month ago, to 3 weeks ago, throughout the whole movie.  That made it difficult to follow.  I think we figured it out, and I am not watching it again...yuck!


Date Posted: 1/27/2017 2:13 AM ET
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I loved the book! It is a psychological thriller so it's not a travel journal. I thought the twist of the alchoholism was very well portrayed. Okay, it does not have lofty language and vocabulary but it is a psychological thriller. Tthat's how that genre works. It was gripping and I didn't see a few events ahead of time. Give it a whirl!

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Date Posted: 1/27/2017 9:53 PM ET
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I liked it a little better than Gone Girl but that isn't saying much because I hated Gone Girl.

Date Posted: 1/29/2017 9:28 PM ET
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I got Girl on the Train book as a gift during the holiday and have not read it yet but will very soon.  I did not see the movie.

I did not care for the book Gone Girl but like the movie slight better. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2017 12:04 PM ET
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I gave "Girl On A Train" my best shot but after 100 pages I gave up and posted my copy. To me it was boring, not gripping. It's obviously one of those books you love or loathe.

Date Posted: 2/4/2017 10:09 AM ET
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I loved the book and the movie. My bookclub ladies didn't like it, said it was hard to follow, but they think my career in MH and especially addictions made it a special topic to my liking.  I loved the mystery of it.