Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train: Book club and discussion.

Is Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train the Next Gone Girl?

Is Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train the Next Gone Girl?

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March 6 2015 10:27 AM

The Audio Book Club Meets the Girl on the Train

Slate critics debate Paula Hawkins’ best-selling thriller.


To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of The Girl on the Train, click the arrow on the player below.

This month, Slate critics Dan Kois, Katy Waldman, and Laura Bennett climb aboard Paula Hawkins’ suspense novel The Girl on the Train, in which the fractured stories of three damaged women coalesce into one whodunit. Do these characters emerge as distinct or interesting people, and does it matter? What should we make of the alcoholic blackout as a plot device? Is the book as good as Gone Girl? (And can our reviewers do as good a job as Hawkins at reconciling three fractured perspectives into consensus?)


Next month the Audio Book Club will discuss Ali Smith’s hit How to Be Both. Read the book and stay tuned for our discussion in April!

Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 75 books we’ve discussed over the years. Or you can listen to any of our previous club meetings through our iTunes feed.


Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.

Laura Bennett is Slate’s features director.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer.