Book Club: The Girl on the Train Discussion Questions

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Book Club is coming up again next month and I’ve put together The Girl on the Train Discussion Questions so everyone can join along. I read the book in one all-nighter in just FOUR hours. It was griping and suspenseful that I couldn’t go to bed until I knew who did it! I started at 10:30 PM reading in bed and stayed up until 2:30 AM finishing the book. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is the perfect book for a long-haul flight – time will fly. What an impressive debut novel for her as well!

 

***SPOILER ALERT***

 

If you haven’t finished reading the book, I advise you to NOT toย read The Girl on the Train Discussion Questions below. If you have read the book – please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

For our Paper & Glass Book Club Members, we’ll have our big discussion next month – but please feel free to leave any initial thoughts and save the juicy stuff for our meeting. So let’s discuss!

 

1) How did you feel about reading the book from different points-of-view? Did you find there was a difference in voice for each of the characters? Was it difficult to keep switching into the head of each narrator?

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2) How did you like the narrative structure of the book? Do you feel like the author held back too much? Do you feel like the structure helped build the suspense?

 

3) Is the character development flawed? Do you feel like you really knew any of the characters? Were the characters relatable at all? Do you feel sorry for Rachel?

 

4) How did everyone feel about the male characters presented in the book?

 

5) Why do you think the book captivated so many people and drew the reader in? What was it about the writing? Do you think itโ€™s a well-written book?

 

6) Did you know who the killer was before it was revealed? Who did you suspect it was leading up to the end? What surprised you the most? Were you satisfied with the ending? Was it obvious at some point?

 

7) What are the comparisons you found between this book and Gone Girl?

 

8) On the topic of motherhood โ€“ it defined the success or failure of the women in the book. What do you think the author was trying to say? How do you feel about the fact that the women were unemployed and relying on their husbands for income?

 

9) On the topic of lies. We all lie to ourselves a little bit, but do you have an example of a real-life lie gone too far? Do you think deep-down the women in the novel knew the lies they were telling themselves?

 

10) What did you like most about the book?

 

11) What didnโ€™t you like about the book?

 

12) Who do you think she play these characters in the upcoming film adaptation?

 

Please share your thoughts in the comments! Hope you enjoyed The Girl on the Train Discussion Questions. I’ll be back with another book pick for book club next month.

 

  • I thought the book was an addicting read, but I felt like none of the major clues were really revealed to us until the very end. Which is why I had to keep reading. I suspected that the obvious lead (Scott) was not the killer and that we were being led down many false paths. However Tom was still a major surprise because so little is said about him (besides his sweetness) at the start of the book.

  • Mancino Pittore

    We read The Girl on the Train for our bookclub meeting. I, as the host, needed some questions and discussion material for the meeting, and this post helped immensely. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kelly Jones

    My book club has read “The Girl on the Train” for our September read and we meet to discuss on Wednesday! I am planning to use your questions to lead the discussion! Thanks for some great questions!