‘Girl on the Train’ sells 1 million copies

Publisher Riverhead is tooting its horn over the latest hot news for the runaway hit The Girl on the Train, and why not?

Paula Hawkins’ debut psychological thriller passed the 1 million-copies-sold mark this week, with impressive speed. It’s a phenomenal number for a novel by a previously unknown author.

The sales numbers are “very impressive,” says Carol Fitzgerald, president of the online Book Report Network. “In a sluggish market during a tough winter it’s a clear runaway winner.”

Train, this year’s Gone Girl, is No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list for the third straight week. (The full list will publish on Thursday.) It was a hit from the get-go, landing at No. 2 on Jan. 22. Train first hit No. 1 on Feb. 12, then slid back to No. 2 for one week as Fifty Shades of Grey briefly reigned.

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