The author of the number-one New York Times best seller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense.
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 15-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 listen 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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Too much going on with too many characters
I really don't know. On the one hand, there's a lot about the book that draws you in. There's the history of the drowning pool that stretches back to witch persecution days, then there are the modern-day deaths that are either suicides or murders that have been covered up, too.Yet, the book has too much going on with too many characters. It's hard to keep everything and everyone straight. The book was just too "busy" for me. Simplify!
Didn't I just answer this question?
I don't think I had one.
No, it doesn't need a sequel because the last 45 minutes tidies everything up. It might need a prequel that goes back to the time of the witches.
It's a mixed bag. There's good and bad. A lot of people loved the author's first book, Girl on the Train, but I didn't. I think this book may have been a little better, but not by much.
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