Study Guide

The Girl on the Train Characters

By Paula Hawkins

Rachel Watson

We spend over half the book with Rachel Watson, our titular girl on the train. She's not your...

Megan Hipwell

Megan appears to be the book's most complicated character, both because we spend the least amount...

Anna Watson

Out of our three point of view characters, Rachel and Megan both have dual personalities, but...

Tom Watson

Tom is the worst. We want to put that out there first thing because in the book the women are so...

Scott Hipwell

Scott is half of Rachel's imagined power couple, Jason and Jess. Just as Rachel uncovers that...

Cathy

Cathy is Rachel's friend from college. She's a "nice person" (1.25), who cleans early on Saturday...

Dr. Kamal Abdic

Dr. Abdic is one of many characters that defy our expectations, which are set by Rachel's first...

Detective Riley

We would not want Detective Riley on our case, especially not if we're a woman. There are two...

Andy

Andy is the red-haired man who Rachel thinks is trying to hurt her, though he's really trying to...

Martin Miles

Martin Miles is only mentioned once, along with Rachel's former co-workers Sasha and Harriet....