A new train of thought From The Northern Echo As her second thriller Into The Water is published, The Girl On The Train's ray ban 4057 Paula Hawkins talks to Hannah Stephenson How do you follow the mega global success of a book like The Girl On The Train, the hottest thriller of the decade? It's a question Paula Hawkins must have asked herself when she sat down to pen her second standalone thriller, Into The Water and the 44 year old admits she has the jitters about how people will react to her latest offering.
The publicity wheels are already turning at a ferocious pace, with major book tours at home and abroad, while film rights have been snapped up by DreamWorks who also turned The Girl On The Train into last year's box office hit starring Emily Blunt with Hawkins as executive producer. Not bad for a ray ban gold woman who had maxed out her credit cards back in 2014, and had to borrow money from her father to make ends meet while working on the book ("When I got a book deal, it was the greatest call to be able to ring him up and say, 'It's all going to be fine, you can have your money back!'"). "There are different sorts of pressures now," Hawkins agrees. "The first time around, all the pressure was internal and to do with my own situation. Now the pressure is possibly quite self inflicted. "Lots ray ban glasses sale of people have been waiting for this, lots of people are going to read it and lots of people are going to talk about it. That makes you feel very nervous. "I tried not to let it bother me when I was writing it, but inevitably you're going to sit there thinking, 'Ooh, am I making the same buy ray ban sunglasses online mistakes I made last time?' You think about what you were criticised for and wonder if you are doing the same thing again.
" Into The Water centres on the mysterious deaths of two women one a single mother, the other a 15 year old girl in a section of river known as the Drowning Pool at the foot of a cliff where, historically, suspected witches were thrown in to sink or swim, in the fictional town of Beckford in Northumberland. While the history and relationship of two sisters form the anchor of the story one deceased, the other left to look after her dead sibling's daughter, who also happens to be the best friend of the dead 15 year old Hawkins works a huge range of characters into the mix, from dodgy teachers and questionable coppers, to an eerie old woman descended from witches, who reckons she can hear the voices of the dead. Blurred memories of dramatic incidents, including a rape, and the picking apart of things that happen in families all serve to create a creepy, disturbing aura amid a sea of red herrings and horrible histories.
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