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'But Rachel is not me'

22 February 2016

‘I knew this book would be my last chance and admit that before I wrote it, and even in the early stages, there was a fair amount of despair.

People, like I was, are intrigued by what they see or imagine on a travel route. I'm sure, too, that Rachel's weaknesses as an unusual and troubled person, can be identified with.

Of course I did occasionally drink a bit too much and fell into taxis without really remembering where I had been, but Rachel is not me.'

Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on a Train, which shot to the top of the bestseller lists in the UK and US when it was published last year