Paula Hawkins was born in 1972 and raised in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Around 2009, Hawkins began to write romantic comedy fiction under the name Amy Silver, writing four novels including Confessions of a Reluctant Recessionista. She did not achieve any commercial breakthrough until she challenged herself to write a darker, more serious story. Her best-selling novel The Girl on the Train (2015), was a complex thriller, with themes of domestic violence, alcohol, and drug abuse. The novel took her six months, writing full-time, to complete, at a time when she was in a difficult financial situation and had to borrow from her father to be able to complete it.
The novel was adapted into a film in 2016, which is stocked in the library, so feel free to make a reservation.
Look out for her new novel, Into the Water, due for release in 2017.