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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins

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But have they all jumped? Or have some of them actually been pushed?

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For centuries, women have been drawn to a particular spot above the river that flows through a small English town. According to local legend, they’ve leapt into the drowning pool to be one with the water. But have they all jumped? Or have some of them actually been pushed? When both a teenager and the mother of her best friend are discovered dead in the present day, the townspeople must confront their darkest fears and question everything they thought they knew. In her adrenaline-fueled follow-up to her sensational debut, Paula Hawkins avoids the sophomore slump and proves that she is a must-read for suspense lovers.

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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.

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

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  • Albany, CA

    'Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath'•• this book really surprised me! I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it, but following each character through each twist and turn was easier than I thought

  • Blanchard , OK

    Couldn't put it down and kept me guessing until the very end! I loved it just as much as Girl On The Train, maybe more! The way she developed the characters was truly incredible and never boring! ??????????

  • Hinesburg, VT

    Just when I thought I knew what was going on, bam, I’m wrong. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Nel, I understand why she was the way she was & she was the perfect offset amongst the others in the story.

  • Lenexa, KS

    This was good! It took me longer than I wanted to get into, but it got really good once I did. The struggle at the beginning is that there are so many characters introduced. I liked the twisty ending!

  • Greenbrier, TN

    Paula Hakins did it again. If you read The Girl on a Train you know what I'm talking about. A wonderful suspense/thriller/mystery all wrapped up into 380 pages that you won't figure out until the end!

  • Troy, MO

    I was constantly thinking ahead with this book trying to figure it out. Although the book had me hooked through the end, the shock factor of the mystery in the end wasnt there & that was disappointing

  • Chicago, IL

    Great book all the way through. Loved all the twists in the story and the character development. Really get into each of their heads and see how everyone is affected by the town tragedies & mysteries.

  • Rocky Mount , NC

    I was fascinated by the way the author managed to present so many different female characters and still keeping reactions and the story believable. Nothing about this book felt forced or pretentious.

  • McKinney, TX

    I prefer this novel to Hawkin's The Girl on the Train. It was a bit convoluted at times with so many differing voices telling the story, but I also liked that quality. Very suspenseful. Great mystery!

  • Sacramento , CA

    Into the Water had me from the beginning. Although at times I had to be reminded of the different narrators, I loved the different perspectives and the mystery. When I thought I had it solved, I didnt

  • Santa Rosa, CA

    I took my time reading this one. Savoring every moment. I enjoyed each and every perspective. A great summer read about family relationships and the miscommunications that sometimes send them haywire.

  • Beaufort, NC

    I thought this book was even better than Paula Hawkins first novel. All the characters were interesting and damaged in some way. Just when you thought you figured it out a new twist would form. Great!

  • Marshfield , MA

    Into the Water is a thriller with shockingly heavy thought provoking moments. It explores what happens when a lie is told often enough, and how easy it is to misinterpret events based on expectations

  • Kinsman, OH

    I really liked where the story line went. I agree with other was sometimes hard to remember who was who...a lot of jumping back and forth between characters. I very much enjoyed the story.

  • Plano, TX

    I couldn't put this one down! Even though it was difficult to follow at times (would have been helpful to have a few family trees), I found the story and characters to all be interesting. Quick read!

  • San Jose, CA

    Paula Hawkins has a truly unique 1st person writing style. Like Girl On The Train, Into The Water has strong female characters who are relatable in their insecurities, dreams and inner demons. Read it

  • Centerton , AR

    Definitely a tad overwhelming keeping all of the POVs straight. (I had to rice myself not to draw it out.) I really appreciated the short chapters. She never gave away who-dun-it until the last page.

  • Atlanta, GA

    LOVED this book, perhaps more than The Girl on the Train! The topics addressed were more interesting to me and although I found the mystery(ies) slightly less compelling, the plot itself was amazing.

  • spring Lake park, MN

    I can't even begin to explain the emotions of reading this book. It was captivating from the very beginning and all the paths you were led through did not make you expect the ending at all. Phenomenal

  • Floral Park, NY

    A nice change of pace from her first novel with jumping character perspectives. One of those books that you can't put down once you start. Really makes you question what really happened to those girls

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