The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train Study Guide

The Girl on the Train is Paula Hawkins's fifth novel, but her first popular success. Unlike her previous four works, romantic comedies written under a pen name, The Girl on the Train takes on the darker themes of domestic violence and drug abuse. The novel debuted at #1 on the New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015, remaining there for thirteen weeks (February - April 2015) and returning to the top of the list again for two weeks in January. In the UK, The Girl on the Train occupied the #1 spot on the Hardback Book Chart for twenty weeks, the longest of any book to date. The novel has been translated into at least thirteen languages. The film rights to the novel were acquired by DreamWorks Pictures in 2014, though the setting of the film will be moved from the UK to the US.