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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…

Reviews

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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784161750

    September 19, 2016

    Black Swan

    416 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Paperback

    9780552779777

    May 2, 2016

    Black Swan

    416 pages

    RRP $22.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Audio Book

    9781846574399

    April 15, 2015

    Audiobooks

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781448171682

    January 15, 2015

    Transworld Digital

    416 pages

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    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
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Extract

Rachel 
Friday, 5 July 2013
Morning

There is a pile of clothing on the side of the train tracks. Light-blue cloth – a shirt, perhaps – jumbled up with something dirty white. It’s probably rubbish, part of a load fly-tipped into the scrubby little wood up the bank. It could have been left behind by the engineers who work this part of the track, they’re here often enough. Or it could be something else.  
 

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