Paula Hawkins - Author

About the Author

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

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A Slow Fire Burning

A Slow Fire Burning

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2021

Subtle and smart yet intense and thrilling, this story builds with each turn revealing another set of steps in front of you. Within a corner of London a murder sets questions hunting through secrets and the past. I was caught sleeping at the start and was given a huge shove, from that moment on my attention didn’t waver. This is all about the characters, yet the beautifully intricate plot more than holds its own. What Paula Hawkins does so successfully, is to allow you to see the inner being of people, the shadows that dwell within, without ever losing connection with their humanity. Every person in this story feels authentic, relatable, and that dreaded word, normal. It made me question what I would do in the same circumstances, could this in fact, be me. Oh, and just as an aside, great map! A Star Book and Liz Pick of the Month, A Slow Fire Burning wanders through the everyday, before reaching under the surface and pulling out darkness.

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Into the Water

Into the Water

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/05/2018

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she's afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool...

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The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2018

Adapted from Paula Hawkins' novel - an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide - this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment. Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she's been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery.

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Other books by Paula Hawkins

Penguin Readers Level 6: The Girl on the Train (ELT Graded Reader)

Penguin Readers Level 6: The Girl on the Train (ELT Graded Reader)

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2021

The Girl on the Train, a Level 6 Reader, is B1+ in the CEFR framework. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, introducing future continuous, reported questions, third conditional, was going to and ellipsis. A small number of illustrations support the text.

A Slow Fire Burning

A Slow Fire Burning

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/08/2021

'Shocking, moving, full of heart . . . Laced with humour and packed with moments of sheer horror, A Slow Fire Burning shows a writer at the height of her powers.' Observer (Thriller of the Month) 'What is wrong with you?' Laura has spent most of her life being judged. She's seen as hot-tempered, troubled, a loner. Some even call her dangerous. Miriam knows that just because Laura is witnessed leaving the scene of a horrific murder with blood on her clothes, that doesn't mean she's a killer. Bitter experience has taught her how easy it is to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Carla is reeling from the brutal murder of her nephew. She trusts no one: good people are capable of terrible deeds. But how far will she go to find peace? Innocent or guilty, everyone is damaged. Some are damaged enough to kill. Look what you started. THE SCORCHING NEW THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and INTO THE WATER __________ 'From the first sentence to the last, this explosive, startling novel grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go.' Kate Mosse 'Twists and turns like a great thriller should, but it's also deep, intelligent and intensely human' Lee Child 'Gripping and intriguing, I loved every moment' S J Watson 'Twists and turns galore...Paula Hawkins is a genius.' Lisa Jewell 'Dark and disturbing, this twisted story with its cast of damaged characters builds to a brilliant conclusion. This one will stay with you for a long time. ' Shari Lapena 'The queen of the psychological thriller is back with her best book yet. It's such an addictive read . . . an absolute must-read' Prima 'Paula Hawkins at her best.' Renee Knight

The Girl On The Train

The Girl On The Train

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/04/2020

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water

Into the Water

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/05/2017

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, read by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman. The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she's afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

Into the Water

Into the Water

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/05/2017

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense. A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran froma place to which she vowed she'd never return. With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present. Beware a calm surfaceyou never know what lies beneath.Cast of Narrators:Rachel Bavidge, as third person narrator/Nel's voice Sophie Aldred, as Jules Daniel Weyman, as Sean & Josh Imogen Church, as Erin Morgan Laura Aikman, as Lena

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 22/09/2016

THE RUNAWAY SUNDAY TIMES NO.1 BESTSELLER AND THRILLER OF THE YEAR '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...

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/2016

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...

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

In the footsteps of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and S.J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep, the unreliable narrator domestic drama of untruths is the new 'hot' genre. The author was best known under another name for chick lit entertainments. Hawkins's book is the first stone in a veritable avalanche of titles mining the territory as publishers rush in with a vengeance and has already catapulted to the top of the charts both in the UK and the USA. And deservedly so. The parallel narratives of three women protagonists twist and turn in an unsettling spiral where nothing is what it seems, from what Rachel sees from her train window or Megan does watching the same train from her house by the line, or even Anna down the same road who, coincidentally, stole Rachel's husband. Deliberately unlikeable and dishonest characters add spice to the devilish web of proceedings and make this a terribly clever hit. ~ Maxim Jakubowski Click below to view the trailer for the film adaptation of this book which opens in the UK on 7 October 2016. Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. Every now and again a debut novel really breaks through and shines. This is one. After a slow start the pace picks up and tension builds through the many twist and turns. Strangely you keep re-evaluating your opinion as to whom the real villain of the piece may be – all very clever. Written in three first-person female voices you slowly see how the women connect and how past events in their lives have helped shape them into the people they are today. Rachel, the girl on the train, is a highly unreliable narrator, Megan is the girl the mystery surrounds as she disappears and Anna is married to Rachel’s ex-husband and neighbour of Megan. It is very good indeed. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Fata din tren

Fata din tren

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/08/2015

#1 New York Times BestsellerBestseller absolut în Marea BritanieTu nu o cunosti.Dar ea te cunoaste.Peste 1,8 milioane de exemplare vândute în doar patru luni, în Statele Unite.Rachel merge în fiecare dimineaE A cu acelaE i tren. E tie cA va aE tepta la acelaE i semnal defect, timp în care va urmA ri ritualul de dimineaE A al unui cuplu ce locuieE te într-o casA de lângA calea feratA . I-a botezat „Jess E i Jason“ E i viaE a lor i se pare perfectA . PânA când într-o zi vede ceva ce o E ocheazA . Totul se schimbA E i Rachel are E ansa de a lua parte la vieE ile pe care le-a observat doar de pe margine.Misterios E i pasionant – Fata din tren este un thriller de primA mânA , care te face dependent de viciul cititului. – S.J. Watson, autorul bestsellerului Înainte sA adorm.Fata din tren este un roman de suspans remarcabil. M-a E inut treaz o noapte întreagA . – Stephen KingCu siguranE A va atrage nenumA raE i fani – The New York TimesPrecum trenul care o poartA pe Rachel în fiecare zi, povestea E erpuieE te printre vieE ile anoste din suburbiile Londrei, iar cititorii o vor urmA ri cu sufletul la gurA . – The Boston GlobeDacA E i-a plA cut Fata dispA rutA , vei devora acest thriller psihologic: îE i va schimba pentru totdeauna felul în care priveE ti vieE ile celorlalE i. – People„DacA nu e niciun tren care sA meargA în sensul opus E i dacA mergem suficient de încet, câteodatA pot sA -i zA resc, pentru o clipA , pe terasa casei lor. DacA nu, aE a cum se întâmplA azi, mi-i închipui. Jess E ade cu picioarele ridicate pe masa de pe terasA , cu un pahar de vin în mânA , Jason e în spatele sA u, cu mâinile pe umerii ei. Îmi imaginez atingerea mâinilor lui, greutatea lor, senzaE ia de siguranE A E i confort. Uneori mA surprind încercând sA -mi amintesc când am avut parte ultima datA de atingerea realA a unei persoane, de o îmbrA E iE are din tot sufletul sau de o strângere de mânA , E i simt cum mi se frânge inima.“

lany a vonaton

lany a vonaton

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/05/2015

Ritkasag, hogy egy konyv vezesse tobb orszagban egyszerre, szinte az osszes fontos sikerlistat. A New York Timeset es a BarnesandNoble-et, peldaul. Az vegkepp szokatlan, hogy ezt egy debutalo iro tegye.2015 elejen Paula Hawkins regenye berobbant az angolszasz piacokra. Ahogy Stephen King fogalmazott, ebben a tortenetben csak fokozodik es fokozodik a feszultseg. Nem veletlenul hasonlitjak Hitchkockhoz es Agatha Crhristie-hez az irot, a Gone girlhez a tortenetet. Rachel ingazo, minden reggel felszall ugyanarra a vonatra. Tudja, hogy minden alkalommal varakozni szoktak ugyanannal a fenysoromponal, ahonnan egy sor hatso udvarra nyilik ralatas. Mar-mar kezdi ugy erezni, hogy ismeri az egyik haz lakoit. Jess es Jason, igy nevezi oket. A par elete tokeletesnek tunik, es Rachel sovarogva gondol a boldogsagukra.Es aztan lat valami megdobbentot. Csak egyetlen pillanatig, ahogy a vonat tovahalad, de ennyi eleg.A pillanat mindent megvaltoztat. Rachel immar reszese az eletuknek, melyet eddig csak messzirol szemlelt.Meglatjak; sokkal tobb o, mint egy lany a vonaton.

Girl on the Train

Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkins Format: Ebook Release Date: 13/01/2015

The #1New York TimesBestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture. The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives. ';Nothing is more addicting thanThe Girl on the Train.'Vanity Fair ';The Girl on the Trainhas more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller sinceGone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.'The New York Times ';Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery. . . hang on tight. You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend.'USA Today ';Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.'The Boston Globe ';Gone Girlfans will devour this psychological thriller.'People EVERY DAY THE SAME Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their lifeas she sees itis perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. UNTIL TODAY And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? From the Trade Paperback edition.