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The Stranger on the Train

The Stranger on the Train

A Novel

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?

With dark twists and intertwining narratives, The Stranger on the Train is an unforgettable novel of psychological suspense that you will keep you guessing until the shattering finale.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476754970 | 
  • May 2014
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The Stranger on the Train

Chapter One

Sunday, September 17th

Day One

At the top of the stairs, a group of teenage boys slumped against the walls with their feet out, taking up most of the passageway. They wore black puffy jackets and had the same expressions on their faces: blank, hard, bored. Emma heard their voices from around the corner, echoing off the tiles. As soon as they saw her, their conversation stopped.

“Excuse me,” Emma said politely.

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The Stranger on the Train

Chapter Two

“Ngg.”

Ritchie wailed, arching his back and pushing Emma away with his fists. She was squashing him. His breath smelled of rusk, and orange lollipop. Emma’s arms were too weak to hold him. She needed to sit down. The sides of her vision were going dark.

“Are you all right?” the woman asked. Her voice echoed from a long way away. “Shall I take him for you?”

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About the Author

Abbie Taylor

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

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