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Hannah, Mack, Kerry and Lewis. Four friends enjoying Parker High School's cross-country train tour from Chicago to San Francisco - until they learn what is on the train with them...a coffin. Frog's coffin. One by one, Hannah's friends guiltily confess all the nasty things they did to Frog before his sudden and horrible death, and then, one by one, they are vicio Hannah, Mack, Kerry and Lewis. Four friends enjoying Parker High School's cross-country train tour from Chicago to San Francisco - until they learn what is on the train with them...a coffin. Frog's coffin. One by one, Hannah's friends guiltily confess all the nasty things they did to Frog before his sudden and horrible death, and then, one by one, they are viciously attacked. It seems that Frog is out for revenge. But Frog is dead...isn't he?


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Hannah, Mack, Kerry and Lewis. Four friends enjoying Parker High School's cross-country train tour from Chicago to San Francisco - until they learn what is on the train with them...a coffin. Frog's coffin. One by one, Hannah's friends guiltily confess all the nasty things they did to Frog before his sudden and horrible death, and then, one by one, they are vicio Hannah, Mack, Kerry and Lewis. Four friends enjoying Parker High School's cross-country train tour from Chicago to San Francisco - until they learn what is on the train with them...a coffin. Frog's coffin. One by one, Hannah's friends guiltily confess all the nasty things they did to Frog before his sudden and horrible death, and then, one by one, they are viciously attacked. It seems that Frog is out for revenge. But Frog is dead...isn't he?

30 review for The Train

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    A group of teenage students from Parker High School are taking an end-of-summer train trip from Chicago to San Francisco. This was planned so students could "see the country". Hannah is eager to go. Her parents have been to San Francisco many times and told her how much they loved the city. So Hannah, with many of her school friends, goes on board the train. One girl, Kerry, is told her luggage bag is way too big and it has to be kept in the baggage compartment. Angry, she goes to the compartmen A group of teenage students from Parker High School are taking an end-of-summer train trip from Chicago to San Francisco. This was planned so students could "see the country". Hannah is eager to go. Her parents have been to San Francisco many times and told her how much they loved the city. So Hannah, with many of her school friends, goes on board the train. One girl, Kerry, is told her luggage bag is way too big and it has to be kept in the baggage compartment. Angry, she goes to the compartment to get her bag. She comes back, pale and shaky. Hannah asks what's wrong. Kerry tells her that there's a coffin in the baggage compartment (which freaks them out.) Curious to know if the coffin is empty or filled they go to the compartment and notice a tag on the coffin. It seems one of their fellow classmates, nicknamed Frog, was killed/burned in a car crash recently, and it's his coffin/body in the baggage compartment. This puts a damper on the trip as Kerry and a few of their classmates recall how badly they treated Frog (Frederick Roger Drummond). As the trip progesses, many classmates are badly/viciously attacked. Hannah is starting to believe Frog isn't dead. One classmate thinks he saw Frog when the train stopped in Denver... This was a fun, fast-paced, young-adult suspense story. I liked the train setting and I was curious to see what was going to happen next. An entertaining and enjoyable read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paula Brandon

    Hannah and her friends are on a train trip, and are horrified to discover that a coffin containing a dead classmate is on board with them! The dead boy is Frog, who was very unpopular at school. As Hannah and her friends reveal what mean things they themselves did to Frog, they start to get attacked. In the hands of a lesser author, there might have been speculation that the kids were being stalked by a zombie, but thankfully Diane Hoh is a master at this genre, and makes it clear the Hannah and her friends are on a train trip, and are horrified to discover that a coffin containing a dead classmate is on board with them! The dead boy is Frog, who was very unpopular at school. As Hannah and her friends reveal what mean things they themselves did to Frog, they start to get attacked. In the hands of a lesser author, there might have been speculation that the kids were being stalked by a zombie, but thankfully Diane Hoh is a master at this genre, and makes it clear there are no supernatural shenanigans at play. However, when I re-read this a couple of years ago, I found how sympathetic I felt towards Frog. The book suffers because we're clearly supposed to be on the side of the protagonists, but they really all were such horrible people! Kerry especially. They bullied Frog, made snap judgments about him, and generally made life a living hell for him, all for no good reason. Meanwhile, Frog is the one who is trying to fit in at a new school, and even getting a job. Sure, he was a bit of a creeper with the girls, but what high school boy isn't? Hoh's skill at suspense thrillers means that the tension remains high and the book is enjoyable, even if I kind of felt the protagonists were getting what they deserved!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Hannah and her friends Mack, Kerry and Lewis are enjoying a Park High Schools cross country tour from Chicago to San Francisco. But whilst they’re enjoying their journey they discover a coffin in the luggage compartment. It belongs to Frederick Roger Drummond (nicknamed Frog for short), a classmate that was recently killed in a car accident. Hannah’s friends rilled with guilt, soon confess that they’d treated Frog pretty terribly prior to he’s death. When one of the gro Hannah and her friends Mack, Kerry and Lewis are enjoying a Park High Schools cross country tour from Chicago to San Francisco. But whilst they’re enjoying their journey they discover a coffin in the luggage compartment. It belongs to Frederick Roger Drummond (nicknamed Frog for short), a classmate that was recently killed in a car accident. Hannah’s friends rilled with guilt, soon confess that they’d treated Frog pretty terribly prior to he’s death. When one of the group is brutally attacked on the train, tensions started to rise. Is Frog seeking revenge from beyond the grave? Setting the story on the train really adds a sense of claustrophobia to the story, as the journey progresses so does the stakes. This is definitely one of the best Point Horror’s in the series. A thrilling dose of nineties nostalgia, the story is fast paced and would easily work for a modern audience. Wonderfully creepy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    A five star book for its time. I love reading 80s horror like this. Its a time when I was in high school as well, so the slang, the situations I can always identify with. A group of teens on a field trip coming from Chicago to San Fransisco by train are being harassed and seemingly haunted by a dead classmate. Will they all make it to the next stop before somebody else croaks? Loved the book, it was short and sweet. Excellent author too, she has lots of great horror books out there, clean, A five star book for its time. I love reading 80s horror like this. Its a time when I was in high school as well, so the slang, the situations I can always identify with. A group of teens on a field trip coming from Chicago to San Fransisco by train are being harassed and seemingly haunted by a dead classmate. Will they all make it to the next stop before somebody else croaks? Loved the book, it was short and sweet. Excellent author too, she has lots of great horror books out there, clean, non gore horror.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sati Marie Frost

    This was like, the fifth Point Horror book I read this autumn, and after reading another dozen I had to go back and change my 3-star rating to a 4-star, because it stayed with me. Basic plot: Hannah and friends, along with a bunch of kids from her school, are travelling by train from Chicago to San Francisco. While getting something out of the baggage car, they find a coffin that they realise belongs to Frog, a schoolmate who died recently and who they were all mean to before his deat This was like, the fifth Point Horror book I read this autumn, and after reading another dozen I had to go back and change my 3-star rating to a 4-star, because it stayed with me. Basic plot: Hannah and friends, along with a bunch of kids from her school, are travelling by train from Chicago to San Francisco. While getting something out of the baggage car, they find a coffin that they realise belongs to Frog, a schoolmate who died recently and who they were all mean to before his death. Hannah - who is already claustrophobic and scared of the train - starts getting attacked by an unknown assailant. Despite the fact that she's locked in the coffin amongst other things, none of her friends seem to take the threats and attacks seriously, even though another friend is stabbed by an ice pick. Hannah is seeing Frog's burned, almost-unrecognisable corpse in various places, and theorises that he's the one playing tricks on her, but nobody believes her. There's good and bad about this book. The bad, or the hard-to-swallow, is that Hannah's friends don't take her seriously. If I were knocked unconscious and locked in a coffin - I italicise it again, because it's still kind of awesome and terrible to me - I would damn well expect my friends to believe someone is trying to hurt me, and would be furious - like supernova furious - if they wrote it off as a prank. And if a corpse showed up in my bunk, I'd expect them to believe that, not say I was dreaming. I can't figure out if Hannah is a total flake, to have these friends who blithely shrug off her tales of terror, or if her friends - and for that matter, the teachers and detective on the train - are just really dim. Also, a couple of the things the characters say made me go, WTF? Like, "The train won't leave without us." Uh, what? The good is that Hannah and her friends are likeable characters, despite their assorted faults, and the book is chilling. I've had it for about twenty years and I still get freaked at some of the scenes. Now that's lasting power. :) The plot, aside from Hannah's friends' disbelief, is well-crafted and the killer's motivation is solid. (After so many books with really shaky reasons behind everything, this is very welcome!) And bonus points for creativity for setting a horror story on a train. Working within those limits couldn't have been easy. Verdict: Towards the top of my Diane Hoh pile. Better than The Fever and Funhouse, not quite as good as Prom Date.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zehra

    My new obsession is now officially Point Horror and Fear Street books. My brother had tons of them and I read quite a few when I was about ten, The Train included, and I decided to start reading them again. So it kinda sucked cause I remembered the ending and the killer as soon as I read the first page, but that wasn't a big problem for me since I enjoyed this a lot. The creepy part is I was actually scared after reading this, which is something I didn't think a book would My new obsession is now officially Point Horror and Fear Street books. My brother had tons of them and I read quite a few when I was about ten, The Train included, and I decided to start reading them again. So it kinda sucked cause I remembered the ending and the killer as soon as I read the first page, but that wasn't a big problem for me since I enjoyed this a lot. The creepy part is I was actually scared after reading this, which is something I didn't think a book would make me feel. The whole 'train' situation is so scary, and the 'nowhere to go' feeling is damn creepy. I liked this one better than some of the other books in the series. It's a quick read, engaging and it gets into the story in the first few pages.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Raimondo

    There is a compelling mystery at the heart of this novel. Hannah and her friends were embarking on a school trip to the West Coast when they found out that on their very train, stashed among the baggage lies the coffin of Frog, a school outcast who died in a fiery car crash. With a rash of subsequent murder attempts, they found themselves in grave danger. They may have been mean to him when he was alive, but he's dead now, and surely he can't be seeking revenge . . . can he? The book There is a compelling mystery at the heart of this novel. Hannah and her friends were embarking on a school trip to the West Coast when they found out that on their very train, stashed among the baggage lies the coffin of Frog, a school outcast who died in a fiery car crash. With a rash of subsequent murder attempts, they found themselves in grave danger. They may have been mean to him when he was alive, but he's dead now, and surely he can't be seeking revenge . . . can he? The book has an uneasy atmosphere that can be genuinely scary. Stranglings, missing corpses, stabbings - it has all the ingredients of a heady thriller. It was certainly engrossing at first, holding one's attention as it rode on a fast, confident clip towards a sadly disappointing finish. This is one of the very few retro YA horror books I've encountered that featured an actual detective, not that he was of much help. In fact he was unbelievably bumbling and ineffectual, and if he didn't overlook one glaring detail, it would have all been resolved sooner. The final hiding place was rather easy to guess too. Aside from these, there were a few more illogical and incongruous events that were ridiculous. It started with such promise - I just hope it sustained that potential until the end. In any case, I'm rating it 4.5/10 or 2 stars out of 5.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Weathervane

    More like two-and-a-half stars if I had the choice. Serviceable, but barely; the characters were far too thin, with hardly a distinguishing trait among them. Stine, for all his cardboard, at least applies perfunctory spraypaint. I did not feel anything for these people, and the plot was partially driven by a belief among them that a train would be carrying halfway across the country, in a cart with no environment control, a single body in a coffin. Maybe that is a sort of thing that occurs, thou More like two-and-a-half stars if I had the choice. Serviceable, but barely; the characters were far too thin, with hardly a distinguishing trait among them. Stine, for all his cardboard, at least applies perfunctory spraypaint. I did not feel anything for these people, and the plot was partially driven by a belief among them that a train would be carrying halfway across the country, in a cart with no environment control, a single body in a coffin. Maybe that is a sort of thing that occurs, though it seemed unlikely to me; but even if it is, the mystery could be cleared by simply asking an adult with the knowledge. Plus there were times where the pace seemed glacial, which really shouldn't occur for a book this short. A paucity of tension.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bea Tea

    Dreading another Diane Hoh book after reading The Fever - but this was actually quite good. Good in that awful Point Horror way I mean. I'm also starting to notice a trend in Point Horror books in that the horror is exclusively stalker/murderer/Scoobie-Doo style farce and nothing ever paranormal. I'm starting to hope that I'll find a Point Horror book with a ghost or a bigfoot or something just to break the endless parade of mildly ineffective stalker stories.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gabi Porcz

    Enjoyed this immensely! It was literally like being on the train with friends and trying to solve a mystery together. My mind was firmly set on a particular character being the culprit (no spoilers here, guys, would never do that), but I was way off the mark. The 'shower scene' was the one that really had goosebumps forming on my arms. Would recommend The Train to anyone who likes a good mystery aboard a train.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Vince

    Really liked this point horror book, it was creepy set on a moving train with no were to go a group of teens are being terrorized by a dead class mate whos coffin is in the cargo hold, it was a little predictable in parts and the characters make silly decisions but over all a good I enjoyed would be a fun read on a long train journey.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    A bit of a rip off of other books, but generally quite tense and fun. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  13. 5 out of 5

    Strawberri Mystery

    Scary book! It was a mystery from the beginning to the end. I felt like I was actually on the train with them.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Layla

    Totally ridiculous but quite fun.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    This one I don't remember that clearly, after this most recent re-read. I remembered the premise of the story, but I can't remember if I remember it from actually reading it, or just from the blurb. I do remember the name Lolly Slocum, so I must have read the book I guess. I had no recollection of the part where they got to San Francisco, etc. Moving on! It was a suitably creepy and suspenseful story, as Diane Hoh's generally are. She's definitely one of the better Point writers. Howe This one I don't remember that clearly, after this most recent re-read. I remembered the premise of the story, but I can't remember if I remember it from actually reading it, or just from the blurb. I do remember the name Lolly Slocum, so I must have read the book I guess. I had no recollection of the part where they got to San Francisco, etc. Moving on! It was a suitably creepy and suspenseful story, as Diane Hoh's generally are. She's definitely one of the better Point writers. However, also as usual (as I'm finding during my Point re-reads), her "teens" don't really convince me that they're actually teens rather than older people who say words like "twit", "rotten", "crummy", "that little witch", "bash" (for party), etc. These kids were teens when I was almost in high school, and I can assure you we said worse words than "twit" and "rotten". Particularly when I got to Hannah's age and was a full on teenager. I was confused about how Mack and Hannah (view spoiler)[got together (hide spoiler)] , since they didn't seem to be at the start, but then suddenly Hannah was talking about (view spoiler)[her boyfriend (hide spoiler)] . I also never really found out why Frog wasn't very nice. All I could find out was that people didn't like him and maybe he didn't take rejection too well. One final "observation" note - this was a book where someone actually did die. Not all Point books take things that far, but this one did. There weren't many great pop culture references in this one, but I did love the mention of Schwarzenegger at one point. I want to know what movie they were watching though! Oh, and later in the book there was mention of a pink lipstick shade called Pink Powderpuff, which I appreciated a lot! I guess all in all, this one wasn't one of my favourites because it didn't have enough to laugh my arse off over, and also wasn't convincingly teen enough to really pull me in. The story itself was good though. Ooh, I just had a thought that I forgot to add to my notes below. How did Lolly manage to get that (view spoiler)["dead body" smell happening when she was lying in the bunk? Or was that Hannah's imagination? (hide spoiler)] My notes: (view spoiler)[The Train - p.19 - whose boyfriend is Mack? I thought the hand holding was the start of things? - p.20 - Frog wasn't very nice ... in what way? - p.21 - "Lewis was neat." - p.29 - "crummy" again - p.40 - wouldn't have "had to" go out with Frog. Geez, these people are bores - pp.55 - 56 - ellipses ... are ... prevalent - pp.65 - 66 - snake simile, nice - p.70 - is Mack a baddie or a victim or will he claim he thought he saw Frog? - p.100 - Schwarzenegger getting the bad guys! Which movie, I wonder? - p.105 - "for pete's sake" - p.106 - "an awful lot" - p.129 - What, someone does?! Yikes! - p.132 - I did have a thought last time Lolly leaving the train was mentioned ... did she really leave? Now I know! - p.133 - "you twit!" - p.134 - cliche of the maniac throwing back head and laughing - p.135 - cliche of slapping knee and "laughing heartily" - p.136 - "that little witch" and "dummy" - p.137 - "...all so rotten to him." - p.141 - pink powderpuff lipstick - p.156 - plumeted ... incorrect spelling - p.159 - "some bash..." - p.164 - crummy (hide spoiler)]

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natasha ⚡️

    Pretty sad ending when you hear Hannah's story of Frog. I really felt sorry for Frog then.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is another one that I don’t really feel one way or another about. I didn’t hate it but I’m not flying off my seat for it either. With Hannah getting trapped in a coffin and she doesn’t know why she’s being targeted it does get a little creepy but most of the time I was just reading to read. The book didn’t leave much of an impression on me, good or bad so it’s kind of difficult to think up things to say about it. The characters were good, each slotted into their own ro This is another one that I don’t really feel one way or another about. I didn’t hate it but I’m not flying off my seat for it either. With Hannah getting trapped in a coffin and she doesn’t know why she’s being targeted it does get a little creepy but most of the time I was just reading to read. The book didn’t leave much of an impression on me, good or bad so it’s kind of difficult to think up things to say about it. The characters were good, each slotted into their own roles as jock or jokester or tag-along or high maintenance or whatever. At least they weren’t caricatures. They actually read as real people with real emotions and existed beyond the single dimension of the page. With that being said I didn’t really connect with them in any meaningful way either. I read what was happening and I was engaged but I wasn’t invested in any of them as characters. I didn’t care how the story ended. The plot itself was fine and different considering it’s on a train. I don’t know if that was a normal thing back in the early 90s. I imagine it would be cheaper for parents to send their children on trips via train (in theory, from my understanding rail travel isn’t necessarily cheaper) but it seemed like so much hassle. And going from Chicago to San Francisco? I think the explanation the book gave was giving the students a chance to see America. I guess, but it’s a pretty cumbersome venture. The notion of transporting a corpse-filled coffin on the train is in and of itself kind of creepy and morbid and of course it’s the coffin of their dead schoolmate. On top of that the high maintenance chick packed too much and has to store her stuff in baggage, with the coffin, so thanks to her everyone knows it’s on board, lending itself to the notion of ‘is it the dead classmate hurting people?’ Meh. It’s fine but I’m not going nuts over it. Of course the ending is a bit overly dramatic but that’s par for the course for these old school YA horror books. Big showdown, isn’t the person you thought it’d be, good person comes out the victor. The end. At this point it’s really difficult for me to say much about THE TRAIN because, really, I don’t feel much for it. It’s just one of those eh books. 2.5

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Bennett

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Reminds me of: Murder on the Orient Express "It was probably just a practical joke" moment: Someone gets stabbed with an ice pick through a cinema seat, a girl gets choked with a scarf, our heroine gets chloroformed and shut in a coffin, a person appears to have been dragged into a ceiling cavity. You know, just your average teenagers larking about. "You probably just imagined it" moment: Dead body in the top bunk. Innocent victims?: Not so innocent. Kind of thought they deserved some Carrie style a/>Innocent/>"You/>"It Reminds me of: Murder on the Orient Express "It was probably just a practical joke" moment: Someone gets stabbed with an ice pick through a cinema seat, a girl gets choked with a scarf, our heroine gets chloroformed and shut in a coffin, a person appears to have been dragged into a ceiling cavity. You know, just your average teenagers larking about. "You probably just imagined it" moment: Dead body in the top bunk. Innocent victims?: Not so innocent. Kind of thought they deserved some Carrie style anger. How blindingly obvious?: Fairly obvious where it was going but not blindingly. Thought it was the news editor friend for a while as she knew everything about everyone. Though perhaps that was just convenient for exposition. Plot holes / Unfinished plot lines: Think it was tied up pretty neatly. That's the advantage of a bad guy explaining how they did everything I guess. Inappropriate happy ending: Well, we made a bunch of people so depressed and angry they killed themselves and others, including one of our closest friends, but I'm not going to let that spoil my shopping holiday.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Unapologetic_Bookaholic

    A group of teenage friends are headed to California for a school trip, on a train. A boy they teased a little has died and they know his coffin is in the baggage car of the train they are on. They sat in the Cafe and told thier stories about how they teased Frog but he never laughed with them. He always would look like he wanted to kill them. That is when things started happening. People started getting hurt. I enjoyed this author (among others) as a teen and had an urge to revis A group of teenage friends are headed to California for a school trip, on a train. A boy they teased a little has died and they know his coffin is in the baggage car of the train they are on. They sat in the Cafe and told thier stories about how they teased Frog but he never laughed with them. He always would look like he wanted to kill them. That is when things started happening. People started getting hurt. I enjoyed this author (among others) as a teen and had an urge to revist this world and see if the author had come out with some new titles as of late.

  20. 5 out of 5

    jadereidabook

    Another great point horror book! The thing about point horrors is they allow your imagination to actually see what's happening as if you were really there. You get sucked in. And me well I'm not big on horrors. But these are friendly. Sometimes I wish I could put the book down but their just too good. Luckily most of them end happily!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Simpson

    This was a reread from childhood. I must say it had been one of the few I will keep for Coale. I didn't remember exactly who was the culprit until the last few chapters. I recommend this for your teen and u as well!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cupof Tea

    My best one word description from high school was "Psychotic".

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    I still love this book. It doesn't creep me out like it did when I was young and read it by myself home at night, but I still enjoy it a whole lot.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    I think I read this book in Dutch like a million years ago... Decided to read it again. It took me one evening...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jake Castro

    I thought it was an interesting book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Arielle ILoveCookies Blevins

    Actually pretty good....

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Drummond

    Very good addition to the point horror series. It was hard to relate to her feelings about trains. But small spaces I can certainly agree with! Really good.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    A childhood favorite of mine.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Old Children's Book. Liked it as a kid, but haven't read it in years.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amber Kiely

    Excellent book. This book is creepy chilling and is full of.....MURDER!!!!

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