What is all the fuss about? Paula Hawkin’s first novel is mesmerising and acutely accomplished. I started reading this out of desperation after several disappointing ‘first’ novels. I needed a comfort blanket or something that was so well written it would reinstall faith in the power of literature and creation of credible complex characters like Rachel. It did. I discovered a heroine that most could relate to and like life lots of surprises on the way.