The Girl On The Train | Book & Film

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, as I can’t say too much without giving the story away! But I absolutely loved TGOTT book and film adaption! Read on to find out why!

The Girl On The Train was originally published In January 2015 by British author Paula Hawkins, and has since been adapted into a film which was released in the UK on 7th October 2016.

The story follows the life’s of several main characters, 1 being Rachel Watson an alcoholic train commuter who dreams of having the perfect life, husband, children, house but things are not going well. Rachel’s ex-husband Tom, is now married to another women (Anna), has a child and is living in the house they once shared together. Also a couple of doors down lives Scott & Megan who have vital roles within the book/film. Something happens one morning which Rachel see’s from the comfort of her train seat, which changes all of their lives. I will leave it there so you have to READ or see the film!

I absolutely loved the book, it’s very gripping and from page 300 onwards I literally couldn’t put it down. The way it’s written in my opinion is really easy to read, each “chapter” is a character’s name and you see their story of that particular time/situation then the same for the other characters so you can piece them together.

Like every book to film adaption, there are always slight differences, somethings which work in a book do not work on-screen, vice versa but here are the main differences –

Location – The book is British and set in London but the film is set in New York with American characters. . . the change in location never made the film better/worse so it’s not a big issue. I think plans for the film were for it to always be set in American, which I suppose is a little bit of a shame seeing as it was from a British author, and it would have been nice to see it set in the capital!

Rachel’s Landlady – In the book Rachel is lodging at “Cathy’s” house, and from the way she is described in the book and her name I would imagine her to be oldish but in the film the character is portrayed by Orange Is The New Black’s Laura Prepon so miles away from the little old lady I had in my mind from the book. Again this didn’t really ruin the story so no biggie!

The Redheaded Man – This character features a lot more in the book than he does the film, also in the book you imagine him to be casual and unkept compared to the film where he is actually a suited businessman. Still ginger though!

The Therapist – In the book the therapist Megan and Rachel see is described as “Not Asian, he’s from Serbia, or Bosnia” and described to have dark skin, although in the film he is not what you imagine at all. Again it didn’t alter the film, but the name Dr. Abdic did seem a little odd for the character playing the role. Although I’m happy no name changes were made.

There are more, but I think if I were to tell you those I would have to kill you. . . . or I would just be giving the story away so I won’t!

I’ve read a few comments from people saying they preferred the book to the film, it’s changed so much, but I must say I loved them both equally. Emily Blunt plays the role of Rachel amazingly well and the film will definitely be entering into my ever-growing list of favourite films. Yes I would have liked to have seen it set in London but the New York setting was fine, and no major changes ruined the plot.

Let me know in the comments what you thought of the book/film!



  1. October 13, 2016 / 8:33 am

    I couldn’t enjoy the film as much as the book because of all the changes, I was constantly like ‘no they’ve missed this’ haha, still really good though!

    • October 13, 2016 / 8:45 am

      Lol yeah I was kind of like that! But I thought it still worked really well as a film, would of loved for it to have been in London though!

      • October 13, 2016 / 11:06 am

        Yeah definitely, that really confused me at first when she said the wrong area name I was like what? It’s not called that 😂
        I was still wondering what it would have been like if I didn’t know what to expect though haha

        • October 13, 2016 / 11:08 am

          Lol I think they kept the road names, just obviously changed the town and country! Haha

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