Publication: NZ BookLovers

There is nothing quite as exciting as “people watching” – the good old voyeuristic streak that so many of us secretly possess, that has us watching others from afar, and then imposing some sort of narrative, or evaluation about them in our own head. A fairly innocent pastime – at least until something goes wrong. And for the ardent people-watcher – as we have all learned from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” – there will always come a time when “curiosity kills the cat”.

This, is the premise of Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train – a psychological thriller which is so adept at re-working this well-worn formula that it is hard to believe that this is Hawkins’ first crime thriller, and in fact her first ever novel.

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