#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR MYSTERY/THRILLER
An addictive novel of psychological suspense from the author of #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train and A Slow Fire Burning.
“Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors . . who have reinvigorated the literary suspense novel by tapping a rich vein of psychological menace and social unease… there’s a certain solace to a dark escape, in the promise of submerged truths coming to light.” —Vogue
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
After the runaway success of The Girl on the Train, it probably wasn’t easy for Paula Hawkins to release a new book into the world. Thankfully, Into the Water not only delivers another suspenseful and chilling thriller but reveals more of Hawkins’ storytelling strengths. The novel takes place in the eerie and isolated English village of Beckford, where throughout history local women have drowned in the river that snakes through town. Almost everyone is guilty of something—figuring out how is chilling entertainment.
Jules Abbott, the heroine of bestseller Hawkins's twisty second psychological thriller, vowed never to return to the sleepy English town of Beckford after an incident when she was a teenager drove a wedge between her and her older sister, Nel. But now Nel, a writer and photographer, is the latest in a long string of women found dead in a part of the local river known as the Drowning Pool. As Nel put it, "Beckford is not a suicide spot. Beckford is a place to get rid of troublesome women." Before Nel's death, the best friend of her surly 15-year-old daughter, Lena, drowned herself, an act that had a profound effect on both Nel and Lena. Beckford history is dripping with women who've thrown themselves or been pushed? off the cliffs into the Drowning Pool, and everyone from the police detective, plagued by his own demons, working the case to the new cop in town with something to prove knows more than they're letting on. Hawkins (The Girl on the Train) may be juggling a few too many story lines for comfort, but the payoff packs a satisfying punch. Author tour.
This book drove me nuts trying to keep the characters straight.
Let’s face it. Lots of authors write chapters from characters’ perspectives. Some authors jump back it time to lay a bit of groundwork. That helps make the narrative more clear. And some authors jump back and forth from first person to third. And do so well. But this author failed miserably primarily due to a seemingly unrelated cast of characters and also by having far too many. I did not want to finish it, it was so awful. And not one sympathetic character did not help. Literally, I was not drawn to like any of them. I loved The Girl On The Train but this book was just plain hard work. Not enjoyable at all.
Four or five characters narrating; very difficult to follow with a let down ending.