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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Paula Hawkins’ thriller The Girl on the Train was an instant hit when it was published in January and has now sold 1m copies, making this tale of a missing woman and the alcoholic divorcée who injects herself into the police investigation the first bona fide literary phenomenon of the year. Celebrity fans of the book, meanwhile, include Reese Witherspoon and Stephen King, the latter of whom tweeted that The Girl on the Train “kept me up most of the night.”

“Nobody expects this, do they?” Hawkins tells EW in this week’s issue. “I was optimistic about the book. We had nice feedback from bloggers. But this has been like, Whaaat?

What’s next for Hawkins? The writer reveals that she plans to follow-up the London-set The Girl on the Train with another psychological thriller, one takes place in the north of England. “It’s a similar genre and it’s also going to be narrated by women but a very different book,” she says. “I haven’t really talked about his much because it’s quite a difficult thing to explain. Because it sounds weird. It’s got quite a gothic feel to it. It’s not about witch-hunting, I can tell you this. However, I wanted there to be something about women being accused of witchcraft. That didn’t happen much in the south of England. Mostly that happened in Scotland and the north. That part of England really lends itself to a dark and gothic and brooding novel, so it worked out. I’m not at the point where I’ve got an elevator pitch, as you can tell! But I’m working on it and I think that it will be out next year.”

You can read much more about Hawkins and The Girl on the Train in the new Entertainment Weekly. Get the issue here or subscribe to EW instantly and get every issue on tablet and in print.

The Girl on the Train
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