The Stranger on the Train

A Novel

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About The Book

A mother’s worst nightmare: the subway doors close with her baby son still on the train. In this suspenseful debut novel, a woman goes to unimaginable lengths to get her child back.

A struggling, single mother, Emma sometimes wishes that her thirteen-month-old son Ritchie would just disappear. Then, one quiet Sunday evening, after a sinister encounter on the London Underground—Ritchie does just that.

Emma immediately reports his abduction to the police but there she faces a much worse situation than she ever imagined. Why do the police seem so reluctant to help her? And why do they think she would want hurt her own child?

If Emma wants Ritchie back, she’ll have to find him herself. With the help of a stranger named Rafe, the one person who seems to believe her, Emma sets off in search of her son. She is determined to find Ritchie no matter what it takes…but who exactly is the real enemy here?

"A heart-stopper” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) with dark twists and intertwining narratives, The Stranger on the Train is an unforgettable, “first-rate debut thriller” (Washington Post) that you will keep you guessing until the shattering finale.

About The Author

Abbie Taylor is a doctor, married, with two children. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. Emma’s Baby is her first novel.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (May 27, 2014)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781476754994

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Raves and Reviews

“Many will devour in a gulp Abbie Taylor’s first-rate debut thriller...Taylor writes perceptively and poignantly about the powerful bond between parent and child.”

– Washington Post

"British author Taylor's taut debut is a heart-stopper...Beginning with the gasp-inducing first chapter, readers won't exhale until the end."

– Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This scary psychological thriller just doesn’t let up. Very Hitchcockian.”

– New York Daily News

“Taylor keenly depicts the bliss and terrors of being a parent.”

– Cleveland Plain-Dealer

"This first novel is driven by plot, and the roller-coaster ride...is compelling enough to grab and hold interest."

– Booklist

"The Stranger on the Train had me absolutely breathless. Abbie Taylor hooked me on page one and kept me riveted through every twist and turn. A sensitive meditation on the parenthood with all it's joys and hardships as well as an unputdownable thriller. Don't miss it!"

– Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author

“A roller-coaster thriller and a great read.”

– Closer (UK)