Paula Hawkins: Interview

Paula Hawkins: Interview

Like most Londoners, Paula Hawkins became very familiar with the daily commute. But unlike most passengers, she has turned her experiences of being on a packed train, gazing idly out of the window at the backs of houses, into a terrific psychological thriller, aptly named The Girl on the Train (Doubleday, January).

In the novel, protagonist Rachel catches the same slow train every morning from commuterville—a faceless 1960s new town in Buckinghamshire—into London Euston. Every morning the train stops at the same red signal, giving Rachel the opportunity to gaze at a house and fantasise abo...

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