Ahead of a new TV adaptation of Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone, John Mullan explains how The Girl on the Train’s themes of adultery, murder and secret identity are rooted in the Victorian era.
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Read this fascinating insight into the roots of how modern "psychological thrillers" are inspired by a type of fiction invented by Victorian author Wilkie Collins. Like a magicians act, the genre's authors use slight of hand and deception to hid the murderer in plain site. And its always the last person readers would suspect.