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How we got to The Girl on the Train – the rise of the psychological thriller

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.

The phenomenally successful Girl On the Train sold 15 million copies worldwide

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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.

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