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Paula Hawkins: Greatness in the Making

MeDhat SaaDoun By MeDhat SaaDoun Published on November 26, 2015

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Paula Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and spent the first 17 years of her life there. In the late 80s, she moved to London, where she worked as a financial journalist for 15 years. During this time, she wrote a book on finances, titled The Money Goddess, and four romance novels under the pseudonym of Amy Silver. Yet Hawkins knew these were not the kinds of books she was meant – and really wanted – to write, so she sat down and started writing the book that would eventually become The Girl on the Train

 Months before its US release on January 13, 2015 (the UK release was on January 15), The Girl on the Train was already a worldwide phenomenon. Only a short time after its publication, the book had already been named the fastest­selling adult novel in history. More than seven months later, the book was still on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover fiction. The fans of this beloved book include many notable names, such as Stephen King and Reese Witherspoon, and fans and critics alike all over the world have called this Hitchcockian novel “the next Gone Girl.” However, although both novels feature unreliable narrators, The Girl on the Train shines in its own right.

A movie version of The Girl on the Train is currently in production by DreamWorks, starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett. Meanwhile, Paula Hawkins is writing her second psychological thriller, which is expected to be released next year.

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