Emily Blunt Is The Girl On The Train


The tracks take surprising twists in this entertaining mystery starring Emily Blunt. This sexy thriller is getting mixed reviews, with some claiming the movie is actually better than the book for a change.

John and Emily: Love at First Site

Unraveling the convoluted chronology, we are introduced to Rachel (Emily Blunt), our narrator and the titular character, who spends long stretches of each weekday riding the train back and forth into New York City. Along the way, there’s a particular house she looks for. Living there is her vision of the ideal couple: pretty, blond Megan (Haley Bennett) and her husband, Scott (Luke Evans). Every time she sees them, they seem so much in love. She overlays her fantasies and hopes on these two, whom she has never met, and feels betrayed when she glimpses Megan sharing a kiss with her psychologist, Dr. Abdic (Edgar Ramirez).

We learn that Rachel once lived only a couple of houses away from Megan and Scott. That was before alcoholism claimed her marriage. Now, her ex-husband, Tom (Justin Theroux), lives there with his new wife, Anna (Rebecca Ferguson). Things become complicated for Rachel when Megan disappears under mysterious circumstances on the night when Rachel decides to confront Megan about her possible infidelity. And, due to a booze-induced blackout, Rachel has no memory of what happened during that encounter.


It’s an intriguing premise, and Blunt melts into the role like ice in a glass. She looks lost, ravaged by hopelessness, her voice thickening into syrup, her gait a confused stumble.

The resolution of the film’s central mystery is a slight letdown and comes after the story has written itself into a corner. But the journey is so good it doesn’t matter that the destination comes as a disappointment.


And many, many people already know where the story is headed, since Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel sold like an Adele album. Upon its release it was looked at as the new “Gone Girl,” and the movie is pegged to the same weekend when “Gone Girl” opened two years ago.

There are problems with “Girl on the Train” — it’s often hard to tell Megan and Anna apart (they’re supposed to look similar, but it’s not a problem in the book as you see the name on the page), the male characters feel underwritten, and the tone at times feels overwrought. But, if you’re asking whether it’s as good as the book, you should pause before answering — the book, alas, didn’t have Blunt in it.

Truth or Fiction: Mystery Plot Twists Fascinate Us

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By Katherine Sharma

Mystery lovers, by their nature, are lovers of the plot twist. Just a few of my favorites with surprise twists include Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins,Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, In the Woods by Tana French, Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

girl on trainOf course, the great Agatha Christie has multiple entries, such as The Murder of Roger AckroydAnd Then There Were NoneDeath on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express. Notice how often the “unreliable narrator” is key to the surprise twist, by the way.

Sometimes fact is even more astounding than fiction, however. Just check out Listverse.com’s post about 10 real-life mysteries solved by incredible plot twists. For example, there’s seven-year-old Maria Ridulph’s 1957 murder solved by a “murder will out” twist 54 years later. Although 17-year-old neighbor John Tessier was suspected of Ridulph’s murder at the time, he had an iron-clad alibi: He had taken a train trip on the day the child disappeared. The police reopened the case in 1994 after a deathbed statement by Tessier’s mother, but the alibi had them stumped–until one of Tessier’s ex-girlfriends helpfully provided an old framed photograph. Investigators found the 1957 train ticket hidden inside, unstamped because Tessier had never used it to take the trip. Tessier was finally charged with murder in 2011. Science, not luck, played the key role in another seemingly insoluble murder.

gone girlAfter a 13-year-old girl was found stabbed to death in 2011 in Italy, police took 15,000 DNA tests to compare with DNA samples found at the murder scene. One man’s near-match led to testing of his family, including a long-dead uncle and the uncle’s children–without an exact match. Police then learned the dead uncle had been a very active womanizer, and 500 women were investigated. Police finally found a married woman whose twins turned out to be the secret offspring of the dead uncle. One of the twins was a match for the killer’s DNA, and he was charged with murder in 2014.

For more real-life twists, read http://listverse.com/2015/03/25/10-mysteries-resolved-by-unbelievable-surprise-twists/.


Katherine Sharma’s family roots are in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. But after her early childhood in Texas, she has moved around the country and lived in seven other states, from Virginia to Hawaii. She currently resides in California with her husband and three children. She has also traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia, and makes regular visits to family in India. After receiving her bachelor’s degree. in economics and her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, Katherine worked as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor for more than 15 years. She then shifted into management and marketing roles for firms in industries ranging from outdoor recreation to insurance to direct marketing. Although Katherine still works as a marketing consultant, she is now focused on creative writing.

Recipes for Love: The Train In Spain


The following excerpt and recipes are reprinted from The Hungry Love Cookbook: 30 Steamy, Scintillating Stories; 100 Titillating, Mouthwatering Recipes by Cindy Silvert.

He caught her eye in the ticket line. After two glorious weeks in Spain, she had thought she was immune to drop-dead gorgeous. Apparently not. Heather had brushed up on her Spanish for just such an occasion, but her knees turned to goo, her tongue went AWOL, and all she could remember was the Dora the Explorer jingle, which she decided to keep to herself. The best she could do was to oh-so-casually flash her seat number as she passed him by. Was it too obvi­ous? Did he even notice? She boarded the train, settled into an empty car, and tried to breathe.

Not a minute later, Santiago stepped in. He pulled down the shades bearing that cocky European prepare-for-pleasure smile. She smiled right back at him, fully prepared for every sinful minute of it, her wild European adventure about to begin.

It’s now or never, she thought.

Heather’s mother had warned her about the men and the trains and traveling alone, but she was more than eager to experience the country and the natives. Right now. Heather could practically feel his hot tan skin, his full lips on hers.

The crisp sound of a zipper jolted her back to reality. Heather gasped at his audacity and could hardly wait to tell her friends, until she realized it was only his backpack. Quickly regaining her compo­sure, she watched as he unloaded a cornucopia of delicacies, care of his mother.

train in vain

The first thing she tasted was the Smoked Salmon Corkscrews with Black Olives, Dates, Basil, and Gruyere. Those tiny explosions of flavor would be a party-starting sensation back home, of this she was sure. The bold hues of his Wild Rice reminded her of the Miros she had hoped to see in Barcelona were it not for the hangover that rendered bright lights, crowds, and anything remotely cultural too much to bear. Its less-colorful foil, a Celery Root Salad packed such an unexpected punch that she swore off boring old Waldorf for eter­nity. He then pulled out a platter from who knows where, of Shiitake Croquettes—still warm and crispy! He fed her slowly, and she devoured every bite of it. Santiago looked pleased but not surprised. This was hardly his first rodeo.

The train came to an abrupt halt as he was unwrapping a small package. He whispered something into her ear as the train’s momen­tum pressed her into his arms all too briefly. Within seconds, he grabbed his bag and bolted out the door. What did he say? What did it mean? Heather felt empty, robbed of something that was never really hers until she noticed the basket he had left behind. Señor Sexy was gone for good, but Nonni’s Cranberry Nut Biscotti weren’t.

Two stops later, a fellow American took over where Santiago had left off. Heather and John downed her leftover biscotti with his cheap Sangria. They kept the blinds down as their eager bodies did what they had traveled all the way to Europe to do, majestic Pyrenees be damned. Heather and John traveled together until their money ran out and it was time to trade in their secret summer identities for grad school and such. On anniversaries, they would take a road trip with a tin of biscotti and a bottle of Sangria in tow. The cookies were never as good as the ones he had in Spain, but Heather was, so John let it slide.

Create your own delicious journey with the recipes from John and Heather’s story:


Smoked Salmon Corkscrews with Black Olives, Dates, Basil, and Gruyere
Wild Rice
Celery Root Salad
Shiitake Croquettes
Cranberry Nut Biscotti



IMG_0385 Salmon Corkscrews


15 rosemary sprigs
4 oz Gruyere or Swiss cheese
6 oz smoked salmon
20 cured black olives, pitted
20 fresh basil leaves
5 Medjool dates
20 toothpicks
1 lemon
2 Tbs. small capers


  1. Break the rosemary sprigs into sections 3″ to 4″ long.
  2. Slice the Gruyere into thin, long pieces.
  3. Place a slice of salmon on top of each slice of cheese.
  4. Place 1 olive, 1 basil leaf, and 1 thin slice of date together at the edge of the slice of salmon and cheese.
  5. Wrap up the cheese and use a short rosemary sprig or toothpick to hold it together.
  6. Squeeze lemon juice on top, and decorate serving plate with capers.



IMG_0809 Wild Rice

2 cupswild rice
1 cup Shiitake mushrooms
2 Tbs. olive oil
3 scallions or 10 chives
cupKalamata olives, pitted and sliced
½ cup black beans, large or small
2 Tbs. chia seeds
2 Tbs. toasted sunflower seeds
4 Tbs. tahini
½ lemon, juice of
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Salt and Pepper


  1. Cook the rice according to instructions.
  2. Slice and sauté the mushrooms in oil on medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Slice the scallions and add to the mushrooms for 2 minutes.
  4. Once the rice cools, toss in all the ingredients.
  5. Great hot or cold.




celery root, about 2 cups shredded
4 Tbs. mayo or 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbs. honey or agave nectar
¼ tsp. garlic powder
½  tsp. ginger powder
Salt and Pepper

¼  cup walnuts or pecans


  1. Grate the celery root by hand or in a food processor.
  2. Mix in the remaining ingredients except for the nuts.
  3. Allow salad to marinate 30 minutes or more.
  4. Toast the nuts in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes until fragrant.
  5. Mix in the nuts before serving.