Paula Hawkins


Rhodesian(now Zimbabwe)-born British Author, best known for her 2015 novel "The Girl on the Train"

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Being the other woman is a huge turn-on, there?s no point denying it: you?re the one he can?t help but betray his wife for, even though he loves her. That?s just how irresistible you are.

Doubts so painful, there was another emotion devouring.

He wanted me to talk afterwards, about what happened.

I can?t do this, I can?t just be a wife. I don?t understand how anyone does it?there is literally nothing to do but wait. Wait for a man to come home and love you. Either that or look around for something to distract you.

I don?t have a husband. And she betrayed hers. I think of the things her real friends said about her: wonderful, funny, beautiful, warmhearted. Loved. She made a mistake. It happens. We are none of us perfect.

I had every right to be angry, didn?t I? We were trying to have a baby?shouldn?t we have been prepared to make sacrifices? I would have cut off a limb if it meant I could have had a child. Couldn?t he have forgone a weekend in Vegas?

Blackouts happen, and it isn?t just a matter of being a bit hazy about getting home from the club or forgetting what it was that was so funny when you were chatting in the pub. It?s different. Total black; hours lost, never to be retrieved.

Drunk Rachel sees no consequences, she is either excessively expansive and optimistic or wrapped up in hate. She has no past, no future. She exists purely in the moment.

He?ll be so happy. He?ll be mental with joy when I tell him. The thought that she might not be his won?t even cross his mind. Telling him would be cruel, it would break his heart, and I don?t want to hurt him. I?ve never wanted to hurt him. I can?t help the way I am.

I can?t help the way I am. You can help what you do, though.

I don?t have words to describe what I felt that day, but now, sitting on the train, I am furious, nails digging into my palms, tears stinging my eyes. I feel a flash of intense anger. I feel as though something has been taken away from me.

I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.

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Rhodesian(now Zimbabwe)-born British Author, best known for her 2015 novel "The Girl on the Train"