Girl on a Train, Mistaken for Bestseller, Sees Sales Spike

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

510arn5KwoL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_A J Waines‘ 2013 book, Girl on a Train, has been seeing a huge spike in book sales over the past year. The thriller about a journalist investigating a suicide has benefited from having a similar title to Paula Hawkins‘ bestseller, The Girl on the Train.

It turns out that many people have simply purchased the wrong book. The Amazon reviews for Waines’s 2013 book reveal dozens of reviews from people who claim to have bought the wrong book. “Not THAT “Girl on the Train” OMG I read the wrong book,” wrote B. Sabiston in a review.

“I bought this book thinking it was ‘The Girl on the Train,'” wrote On the Go. “To my surprise there are two books written with almost the same title. I enjoyed Girl on a Train. I started to read Girl on the Train and couldn’t finish it–I didn’t like the storyline at all. It was a happy accident for me.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, Waines’ book has sold around 30,000 copies, not the 6.5 million copies that Hawkins has sold, but impressive nonetheless. “I’m making more money than I ever have before,” she told WSJ.