How Paula Hawkins got the story started…

Grazia (UK) - - First Chapter Competition -

Of Kather­ine’s four chil­dren, her sec­ond-born, Lau­ren, was un­doubt­edly her favourite. Cara, the el­dest, was wil­ful and dis­obe­di­ent, while the two youngest, Robert and Alex, were as fee­ble and tim­o­rous as their fa­ther. Lau­ren was du­ti­ful with­out be­ing syco­phan­tic, oblig­ing with­out be­ing needy. She never en­tered Kather­ine’s bedroom with­out knock­ing and, when she was in­vited in, she fre­quently brought with her cu­ri­ous gifts: snails from the gar­den, or a per­fectly-round peb­ble or, on one oc­ca­sion, the bones and beak of a bird which, cat-like, she laid at the foot of her mother’s bed.

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