Into the Water

Into the Water

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385689632
9780735211209
9780735211223
Characteristics: 388 pages ;,24 cm.

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If you loved Girl on a Train, you'll be very excited to hear that Paula Hawkins's second book is officially here. This time, she transports us to a sleepy town in the English countryside that revolves around a winding river, which women have been drowning in for centuries. The reader hears from a... Read More »


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RisaCervelli
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.

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yukahontass
Aug 12, 2018

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

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cknightkc
Jul 29, 2018

INTO THE WATER may not be everyone’s “cup of tea”, but I have to admit British author Paula Hawkins has a real talent for keeping the reader off-balance with her twisty-turny plots. Although I didn’t find this novel as engrossing as her bestseller, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, it did grab me. Warning: the story is told from many viewpoints and involves a large cast of rather unlikable characters, but a handy list is provided at the beginning of the book which helps keep track of who’s who. With a sinister/creepy setting, suggestions of witchcraft/mysteries, and short chapters it was the perfect escapist read to take with me on my recent vacation.

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Pisinga
Jul 07, 2018

Reminded me, somehow, Twin Peaks.
Legends, urban myths and real life.
There are unfinished moments of the plot.

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downsman
May 20, 2018

Sometimes people have one really good novel in them. If that is true of Ms Hawkins, it would have been The Girl on the Train. Hopefully that is not the case and Into the Water just represents a misstep, with its author feeling too much pressure to duplicate the mega-success of her first novel. Because this sophomore effort is pretty underwhelming.

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mwerner2
May 05, 2018

I was a little disappointed by Paula Hawkins' second book "Into the Water". It had a lot of potential, and I kept on waiting for twists in the plot. Unfortunately, the storyline was pretty predictable. However, I will eagerly await for her to release another book, as I really did enjoy "Girl on the Train".

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GungaDean1980
Apr 29, 2018

Better as a book on CD. Narrator did a good job of changing voices which made it easier to track the characters. Still had to back up a couple of times to catch the time shifts. Overall, an interesting story.

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retiring_rep
Apr 06, 2018

Yes there are many characters but I thought the plot was better developed than Girl on a Train. I liked reading this book and would recommend it for a quick holiday read.

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Lucindafifi
Feb 23, 2018

As many other commenters have mentioned, too many characters, it didn't really grasp me like Girl on a Train. A week on from reading and I don't even remember what happened. A bit disappointing.

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sunnyfeline
Feb 18, 2018

I had a hard time getting through this book because there were so many characters (11?). Author Paula Hawkins had a great story line but it just got lost among the multiple characters, the confusion of jumping around with different characters and timelines, the story dragging, etc. I think if it was not because of her bestseller book ("The Girl on the Train"), this wouldn't have gotten so much attention from her readers. Very disappointing--this could've been a really good book but it fell short.

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Sam_Stewart
Apr 27, 2018

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Oct 07, 2017

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cknightkc
Jul 29, 2018

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

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Sam_Stewart
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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