Into the Water

  • by Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by Laura Aikman, Rachel Bavidge, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Imogen Church, Laura Aikman
  • 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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!


Would you recommend Into the Water to your friends? Why or why not?

Didn't I just answer this question?


Which scene was your favorite?

I don't think I had one.


Do you think Into the Water needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

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.


Any additional comments?

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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- Mollie

Don't Hold Your Breath


I got a bad feeling during my first few minutes into this book, about the time the umpteenth character was being introduced, realizing that I'd lost complete track of the *whos* and *whats.* You know the feeling; you're listening along and feel like you're suddenly in a crowd of unfamiliar faces, wondering how you got wherever you are. I started over, committing a little more attention. It didn't help and that sinking feeling came over me again. But, "this was the author of The Girl on the Train! Paula Hawkins! An author compared to Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott!" I trudged on until I felt like one of the characters in the book...I wanted to walk into that water until it flooded over my head and drowned out the words that were going into my ears. What a relief *blub blub blub* would be compared to this bloated, insufficiently complicated plotline that seemed to be choking under its own tangle of contrivance and banality.

Into the Water lacked a believable psychological premise, and crumbled under the weight of its own implausibility. The back and forth chronology was enough to give you motion sickness; the myriad of unlikeable characters either unnecessary and poorly drawn, or interjected; the plot buried under a congestion of side ramblings that carried you further away from resolution. A combination of too many innocuous storylines, too many ambiguous characters unraveled into a tangled knot that prevented a focused forward projection or mental connection. Hawkins showed none of the taut pacing that made TGOTT a psychological thriller. Everything about Into the Water feels awkward and sadly, absurd. I would love to give examples to back up my opinion, but won't spoil those elements.

I feel bad for Hawkins, an author so *in the spotlight* from her previous blockbuster; surprised that a savvy editor wouldn't point out the structural problems because this is truly one of the most poorly structured novels I've read. One review I came across stated the story dragged, but Hawkins threw in a surprise switch-up ending...that may be some reader's opinion, not mine. Novels should be polished versions of a first draft where every chapter is significant. I never want to spend hours and pages (that feel like a work in progress) for one chapter of good story telling. To me, this book had that lack of quality you look for and expect from a seasoned writer.


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- Mel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio