Stopped trains, tepid white wine, sighing passengers Paula Hawkinss bestseller captured a very British world. As the film moves to New York, we look at the dos and donts of relocation
The 8.04 slow develop from Ashbury to Euston, says the narrator in The Girl on the Train as the service trundles to a stop, can test the patience of the most seasoned passenger. The journey is supposed to take 54 minutes, but it rarely does: the requirements of this regulation of the way is ancient, decrepit, beset with signal problems and never-ending engineering works.
Its details like this and the carriage full of sighing passengers that built Paula Hawkins bestseller so appealing: the evocation of an all too familiar world of British frustration and frustration. In this glum milieu, divorced alcoholic Rachel Watson gets a bottle of chenin blanc from a Whistlestop to take the edge off her return journey and the bundle of rags she glimpses from the window takes on an aura of sinister abjection and threat( actually, a not unfamiliar feeling to anyone whos ever rolled on tracks that fall under Network Rails cheerless ambit ).
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