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Paula Hawkins is a Zimbabwe-born British #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Born in Salisbury, presently known as Harare, she attended Collingham College and Keble College, University of Oxford before proceeding to work as a journalist for fifteen years.

The Girl on The Train (2015) and Into The Water (2017) are all #1 New York Times bestselling novels, with the former selling nearly 20 million copies across the globe on top of being adapted into a major motion picture in 2016 featuring Emily Blunt. The same book has also been published in over forty languages.

Hawkins currently lives in London.

More about Paula Hawkins

Genre: Thriller

Born: 1972

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • The Girl on the Train (2015)
  • Into the Water (2017)
  • A Slow Fire Burning (2021)
  • Blind Spot: Quick Reads 2022 (2022)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Girl on the Train

On the commuter train is Rachel, every morning and night.

Every day, she goes down the track, past several lavish suburban homes, before stopping to watch the same couple have breakfast on their deck.  She does this daily, to the point of feeling like she knows them. Jess and Jason, what she calls them, seem to have the perfect life, far from the life she lost recently.

Until nothing is the same again!

She decides to share what she knows with the police, but can they be counted on?

It doesn’t take long before Rachel is caught up in the investigation and in the lives of everyone involved.

Has she caused more harm than good?

The Girl on the Train
Director: Tate Taylor
Cast: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Édgar Ramírez, Lisa Kudrow
Author: Paula Hawkins
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0735219755
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Into the Water

The body of a single mother is discovered at the bottom of the river running through town. The body of a vulnerable teenage was also found there earlier in the summer. What’s more shocking is that these are not the first women to have met their death there.

The loss leaves behind a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. With no parents and no friends, she is now under the care of her mother’s sister. Her aunt, who is more of a stranger, has been forced back to the one place she ran away from and swore to never return.

This is a twisting and deeply fulfilling story about how the past can stretch its long arms all the way to the present.

Author: Paula Hawkins
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0525537199
Publisher: Riverhead Books
A Slow Fire Burning

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women in particular. Laura is the troubled one-night stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is the grief-stricken aunt, already mourning another family member who died only weeks earlier. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor who found the bloodied body but is keeping secrets from the police.

Three women, mostly unknown to one another, with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are—for different reasons—simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?

Author: Paula Hawkins
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0593459645
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Blind Spot: Quick Reads 2022

'How can you say things like this? How can you be so blind?'

Since they were kids, Edie, Jake and Ryan have been the closest of friends. It's been the three of them against the world. Edie thought the bonds between them were unbreakable. So when Jake is brutally murdered and Ryan accused of the crime, her world is shattered.

Edie is alone for the first time in years, living in the remote house that she and Jake shared. She is grief-stricken and afraid - with good reason. Because someone is watching. Someone has been waiting for this moment. Now that Edie is alone, the past she tried so hard to leave behind is about to catch up with her...

Author: Paula Hawkins
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1529176636
Publisher: Penguin