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  • Published: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9781784161750
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99

The Girl on the Train




THE RUNAWAY SUNDAY TIMES NO.1 BESTSELLER AND THRILLER OF THE YEAR



YOU DON'T KNOW HER. BUT SHE KNOWS YOU.

THE RUNAWAY SUNDAY TIMES NO.1 BESTSELLER AND THRILLER OF THE YEAR, NOW A MAJOR FILM STARRING EMILY BLUNT

'Really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night. The alcoholic narrator is dead perfect' STEPHEN KING

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

  • Pub date: 19 September 2016
  • ISBN: 9781784161750
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Paula Hawkins

PAULA HAWKINS worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. Her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, has been a global phenomenon, selling almost 20 million copies worldwide. Published in over forty languages, it has been a No.1 bestseller around the world and was a No.1 box office hit film starring Emily Blunt.
Into the Water, her second stand-alone thriller, has also been a global No.1 bestseller.

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Praise for The Girl on the Train

“Really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night. The alcoholic narrator is dead perfect.”

STEPHEN KING

“My vote for unreliable narrator of the year”

The Times

“The thriller scene will have to up its game if it's to match Hawkins this year”

Observer

“Hawkins's taut story roars along at the pace of, well, a high-speed train . . . a smart, searing thriller'”

Good Housekeeping (US)

“The Girl On The Train was so thrilling and tense and wildly unpredictable, it sucked up my entire afternoon. I simply could not put it down. Not to be missed!”

Tess Gerritsen

“Gripping, enthralling - a top-notch thriller and a compulsive read”

S J Watson

“What a group of characters, what a situation, what a book! It's Alfred Hitchcock for a new generation and a new era”

Terry Hayes, bestselling author of I Am Pilgrim

“Clever and compelling! Hawkins keeps the tension ratcheted high in this thoroughly engrossing tale of intersecting strangers and intimate betrayals. Kept me guessing until the very end!”

Lisa Gardner

“A thriller that grabs you from the first page and takes you on a high speed ride full of twists and turns. Gazing out of the train window will never be the same again!”

Colette McBeth, author of Precious Thing and The Life I Left Behind

“an impressive thriller debut”

Guardian

“A tight thriller with refreshingly realistic, nasty characterisation and an intricate weaving of narrative voices . . . A cleverly crafted piece of modern suburban noir”

Independent on Sunday

“This is unputdownable . . . A fast, clever thriller with a flawed, entertaining heroine”

Paula Daly

“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn the pages . . The welcome echoes of Rear Window throughout the story and its propulsive narrative make The Girl on the Train an absorbing read”

Boston Globe

“There's nothing like a really excellent thriller to kick-start a new year, and this one's a beauty”

Saga Magazine

“Compulsive reading”

Marie Claire

“a novel that grabbed me from the start and didn't let go”

Woman & Home

“this year's most highly anticipated psychological thriller”

Sunday Times

“addictive”

Observer

“If you like your books twisty and your narrators unreliable and flawed, this is for you”

Cosmopolitan

“Wow, now I know why it has caused such a stir. Taut, tight, utterly compulsive. Once you embark you won't want to get off until the very last stop”

Tammy Cohen

“Artfully crafted and utterly riveting. The Girl on the Train's clever structure and expert pacing will keep you perched on the edge of your seat, but it's Hawkins' deft, empathetic characterization that will leave you pondering this harrowing, thought-provoking story about the power of memory and the danger of envy.”

Kimberly McCreight, New York Times-bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia

“Damn you #girlonthetrain . . . you unputdownable, you. So twisty, compassionate and gritty. Loved it. Deserves to be massive”

Tweet from Julia Crouch

“Going to be THE book of 2015. Sexy, smart & v intricately plotted”

Tweet from Eva Dolan

“Brilliant, fast-moving, very clever. Add to your January wish-list now!”

Tweet from Mark Edwards

“Be ready to be spell-bound . . . It's the kind of book you'll want to press into the hands of everyone you know, after you've turned the last page, just so they can share your obsession and you can relive it”

Laura Kasischke, author of The Raising

“Compulsively readable…. It actually hurt to put it down”

JOY FIELDING, New York Times bestselling author of Now You See Her

“I'm calling it now: The Girl on the Train is the next Gone Girl. Paula Hawkins' highly anticipated debut novel is a dark, gripping thriller with the shock ending you crave in a noir-ish mystery”

Bustle

“A gripping, down-the-rabbit-hole thriller”

Entertainment Weekly (US)

“Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller . . . Hawkins' debut ends with a twist that no one - least of all its victims - have seen coming”

People Magazine (US)

“[Paula Hawkins] pulls off a thriller's toughest trick: carefully assembling everything we think we know, until it reveals the one thing we didn't see coming”

Entertainment Weekly (US)

“distinctive, intelligent and unpredictable”

The Times

“perfectly paced, from its arresting beginning to its twist ending; it's not an easy book to put down . . . what really makes The Girl on the Train such a gripping novel is Hawkins' remarkable understanding of the limits of human knowledge, and the degree to whcih memory and imagination can become confused”

NPR.org

“A complex and increasingly chilling tale courtesy of a number of first-person narratives that will wrong-foot even the most experienced of crime fiction readers”

Irish Times

“The Girl on the Train marries movie noir with novelistic trickery . . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend”

USA Today

“achieves a sinister poetry . . . Hawkins keeps the nastiest twist for last”

Financial Times

“[L]ike Gone Girl, Hawkins' book is a highly addictive novel about a lonely divorcee who gets caught up in the disappearance of a woman whom she had been surreptitiously watching. And beyond the Gone Girl comaparisons, this book has legs of its own”

GQ.com

“Hawkins' masterful deployment of unwittingly unreliable narration to evoke the aftershocks of abuse and trauma is a powerful way of exploring women's marginalization”

Huffington Post

“Springs new surprises on us . . .Pulses will be quickened”

The Good Book Guide

“The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl”

New York Times

“Halfway through and I can't stop reading it. My kinda thriller!”

Tweet from Armistead Maupin

“it's BLIDDY FABLISS, isn't it! A long long time since a book gripped me like this”

Tweet from Marian Keyes

“The Girl on the Train is one of those delicious thrillers that can be devoured in four sittings, that's two return journeys on a typical train trip! There's a whiff of Agatha Christie and a dollop of Gone Girl with plenty of blind alleys that we happily wander up and get lost in. Pick it up, solve the crime and pass it on . . .”

Ryan Tubridy

“Agatha Christie meets Rear Window...a taut psychological thriller that's chockful of chilling twists.”

Mail on Sunday, Events Magazine

“Clever, exciting and full of twists, this is undoubtedly the cream of this year's crop”

Daily Mail

“Unputdownable . . . the new literary sensation . . . nothing short of sensational”

Daily Mail

“...this unusual clammy-palmed thriller.”

THE TIMES

“Hawkins juggles perspectives and timescales with great skill, and considerable suspense builds up along with empathy for an unusual central character.”

GUARDIAN

“Really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night. The alcoholic narrator is dead perfect.”

STEPHEN KING

“The thriller scene will have to up its game if it's to match Hawkins this year”

Observer

“A complex and increasingly chilling tale courtesy of a number of first-person narratives that will wrong-foot even the most experienced of crime fiction readers”

Irish Times

“achieves a sinister poetry . . . Hawkins keeps the nastiest twist for last”

Financial Times

“Hawkins' masterful deployment of unwittingly unreliable narration to evoke the aftershocks of abuse and trauma is a powerful way of exploring women's marginalization”

Huffington Post

“Springs new surprises on us . . .Pulses will be quickened”

The Good Book Guide

“The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl”

New York Times

“Halfway through and I can't stop reading it. My kinda thriller!”

Tweet from Armistead Maupin

“it's BLIDDY FABLISS, isn't it! A long long time since a book gripped me like this”

Tweet from Marian Keyes

“The Girl on the Train is one of those delicious thrillers that can be devoured in four sittings, that's two return journeys on a typical train trip! There's a whiff of Agatha Christie and a dollop of Gone Girl with plenty of blind alleys that we happily wander up and get lost in. Pick it up, solve the crime and pass it on . . .”

Ryan Tubridy

“Agatha Christie meets Rear Window...a taut psychological thriller that's chockful of chilling twists.”

Mail on Sunday, Events Magazine

“Clever, exciting and full of twists, this is undoubtedly the cream of this year's crop”

Daily Mail

“Clever, exciting and full of twists, this is undoubtedly the cream of this year's crop”

Daily Mail

“Unputdownable . . . the new literary sensation . . . nothing short of sensational”

Daily Mail

“...this unusual clammy-palmed thriller.”

THE TIMES


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