Into the Water

Into the Water

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"A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from--a place to which she vowed she'd never return. With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAW
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780735211209


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Oct 01, 2020

A psychological thriller set in a small town in England. Four women have died mysteriously in the river which runs through the small town. Why and by whom?

Sep 01, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! Kept me guessing until the last sentence!

sapl3 Apr 09, 2020


I’m not sure what those people who’ve put Hawkins’ latest book to the top of the bestsellers list for upwards of 7 weeks see in it. I found it to be confusing, convoluted, and at times even misleading. The story revolves around the drowning deaths of a number of women in a British town. It’s believed by the people of the town that the river has some power that draws women to it – magic, or witchcraft – but this point is never fully discussed or explained.

The novel is peopled with so many characters that it’s difficult to keep them straight and I found that I was constantly flipping back and forth in the book to figure out “whose sister was whose” and where “so and so” fit in the family. Sometimes a character is mentioned briefly and then never appears in the novel again, leaving the reader to wonder what purpose they even had in the telling of the story.

Hawkins sends us off on tangents that leave us shaking our heads and red herrings that take us nowhere. I’m still trying to figure out what her reference to “Adam and Eve and dinosaurs” is all about!

This novel left me disappointed and unsatisfied, which are the opposite feelings that I had after reading her first novel, “The Girl on the Train”. Give “Into the Water” a miss – there are many well-written stories out there that will be much more rewarding to read than this one.

Jan 13, 2020

My experience with Girl on the Train was that it fell short of all the hype, but I decided to give Into the Water a try, because I do like a good psychological thriller. And because I’m in my car a lot and also am a knitter, I chose the audio format, which is done with a full cast of narrators. I think if I would have read, instead of listened to the book, I too (as reflected in several other reader comments) would have been confused and perhaps even put off by the large cast of characters and the flashbacks. The audiobook clearly separates characters with very unique voices and accents, which for me, made the book more enjoyable and more suspenseful. That said, overall I think the book had too much detail that wasn’t clearly or satisfyingly tied together by the end. And because I don’t enjoy abrupt endings, I wasn’t particularly satisfied with the ending. The author’s style is one that tosses out way too many details and possibilities, creating a choppy, rather than a cohesive story. For me, there was far too much repetition of past events in present time (which in a way did keep me clear about who was who), but by the end, I found myself wanting to know more about the individual characters—might the author be planning a sequel? I also enjoy thoughtful comments of substance put forth by fellow readers—knowing why a book satisfies or not helps others to know if they will want to read the title. After all, there truly are too many books and too little time.

Feb 06, 2019

Plot. An apparent suicide exposes fractured relationships and town secrets.

Feb 06, 2019

Decent, but I think at this point I'm waiting for another one of these types of books to actually surprise and interest me

Jan 04, 2019

I rated this book 5*. I liked it a lot. Actually I thought the characters were much more diverse than The Girl on the Train. As a mature reader (senior), I enjoyed the age range and background of the characters. And the setting was very suited to the story.

Dec 10, 2018

I couldn't get into this book. I just didn't like it, finally gave up and returned it.

Aug 27, 2018

The book was a little disappointing. It went back and forth from first person to third person and in the beginning I had no idea who was talking about what. Lots of characters and not all that exciting. Predictable ending.

Aug 12, 2018

Too many characters, not nearly as much suspense as Girl in the Train

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Jul 29, 2018

“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”

Apr 27, 2018

“The things I want to remember I can't, and the things I try so hard to forget just keep coming.”


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