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‘The Girl on the Train’ is a runaway hit for Paula Hawkins

The tedium of the daily commute has turned out to be pretty productive for Paula Hawkins. Journeys spent staring out railway-carriage windows inspired the former journalist’s first thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” whose title character glimpses something disturbing from a commuter express.

Mar 5, 2015 6:00 AM

The tedium of the daily commute has turned out to be pretty productive for Paula Hawkins. Journeys spent staring out railway-carriage windows inspired the former journalist’s first thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” whose title character glimpses something disturbing from a commuter express. Published in January, it was billed as “this year’s ‘Gone Girl’” — a label that has turned out to be much more than publishers’ wishful thinking. The book has topped best-seller lists and become a book-club favorite, selling more than 750,000 copies in the U.S. alone.

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