The story that won the best mystery and thriller novel in the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives and teach you the hard way to never judge a person from what meets the eye.
The Girl on the Train follows Rachel Watson, who every morning takes the same communicator train to London and watches as she flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes. When the train stops daily at the signal, Rachel watches the same couple breakfasting on their deck and begins to feel like she knows them, calling them “Jess and Jason” in her head. Their life – as she sees it from the train – is perfect. Just like the life she recently lost.
But then one morning, Rachel sees something shocking that changes everything. In the short minute that the train stops, Rachel’s world is turned upside down. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel tells the police what she saw and inevitably becomes entwined in what comes next, as well as the lives of everyone involved. But has she done more harm than good?
To celebrate the cinema release of the highly anticipated film, we want to share ten of the best quotes from the novel.
1. “Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”
2. “I have never understood how people can blithely disregard the damage they do by following their hearts.”
3. “There’s something comforting about the sight of strangers safe at home.”
4. “But then I think, this happens sometimes, doesn’t it? People you have a history with, they won’t let you go, and as hard as you might try, you can’t disentangle yourself, can’t set yourself free. Maybe after a while you just stop trying.”
5. “And I’ve just got to let myself feel the pain, because if I don’t, if I keep numbing it, it’ll never really go away.”
6. “It’s impossible to resist the kindness of strangers. Someone who looks at you, who doesn’t know you, who tells you it’s OK, whatever you did, whatever you’ve done: you suffered, you hurt, you deserve forgiveness.”
7. “He doesn’t know how determined I can be. Once I’ve made my mind up, I’m a force to be reckoned with.”
8. “You’re not some grieving, lost child any longer. You’re a completely different person. You’re stronger. You’re an adult now. You don’t have to be afraid of being alone. It’s not the worst thing, is it?”
9. “I sit there on the floor with the picture in front of me and think about how things get broken all the time by accident, and how sometimes you just don’t get round to getting them fixed.”
10. “Maybe the courage I need has nothing to do with telling the truth and everything to do with walking away.”