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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins

Quick take

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


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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Why I love it

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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Member ratings (103)

  • Adriana B.

    Merdian, ID

    A little slow in the beginning - a little hard to keep up with all the different character's point of views - BUT - once you get it it reels you in! Definitely did not expect it to end the way it did!

  • Alin S.

    Chicago, IL

    At first, the book seems jumbled with the 1st person introductions. Then it gets addicting when pieces start falling into place and I need to get back to the other character to see what they think.

  • KaSheena M.

    Lansing, MI

    I love how this book was like a river, constantly changing and you're always getting something different to think about. I enjoyed the mystery and recommend this book to all book dectectives :) !!

  • Kimberly G.

    New London, WI

    I loved the suspense and how the author grips you until the very last page. You think you know where this book is going and it vears into another direction. I couldn’t put it down.

  • Courtney F.

    Waterford, CA

    Kinda piecey at the beginning but everything slowly starts making sense and then comes together beautifully with a few crazy twists at the end I didn't see coming!! Loooooved it