- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Canada (May 2 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385689632
- ISBN-13: 978-0385689632
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 680 g
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Into the Water Hardcover – May 2 2017
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"Wondering if Into the Water could be as good as The Girl on the Train? It's better. A triumph." —Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I Let You Go
"Paula Hawkins does it again! Into the Water is a moody and chilling thriller that will have you madly turning the pages. A gripping, compulsive read!" —Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
"Into the Water is, first and foremost, a highly addictive read [that] contains all the elements that made The Girl on the Train famous in the first place. The narrative transfixes; its short chapters and multiple perspectives pull the reader in immediately and refuse to let go until the very last page is turned. Into the Water is well-written, well-structured and well-crafted. It delivers, too, on dark mood [and] twisted emotion. . . . All told, Into the Water may even be a better book than The Girl on the Train." —Toronto Star
"There's no denying that when it comes to tension you could cut with a knife, no one does it better than Hawkins." —New York Post
"Addicting. . . . This novel has a little something for anyone looking for their next binge-read." —Marie Claire
"A captivating contemporary whodunit. . . . Suspense churns and the plot keeps you guessing." —People Magazine
"Suspenseful, compelling and full of masterful twists and turns. . . . This book will have you enthralled." —Canadian Living
"Into the Water captures all the suspense and terrifying emotions of [The Girl on the Train], but it beams with a maturity in writing and in storytelling that will draw her fans right back over the edge. . . . The novel also flows with an instinctual understanding of relationships, young love, devoted friendships and dedication to duty, familial faults and small-town paranoia." —Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"The twists deliver in the final stretch, down to the last sentence." —TIME
"Highly suspenseful. . . . All these intrigues are teased out with impressive skill by Ms. Hawkins, who tells a complex narrative . . . in a chronicle whose final pages yield startling revelations." —The Wall Street Journal
"Hawkins constructs a bracing, knotty ride in which the ghosts of the past come back to haunt those living in the present." —W Magazine
"Hawkins has a real gift for exploring the manner in which we constantly turn things over in our minds, crafting inner monologues both rich and relatable. . . . A lively, compelling and surprisingly empathetic and humane page-turner." —The A.V. Club
"Hawkins should be congratulated, both for daring to try something new, and for doing it well." —Daily Telegraph
"[A] Page-turner. . . . [Into the Water is a] thriller that intersects complicated cultural narratives of adolescent sexuality, the often fraught relationships between daughters, mothers and sisters and the relationship between 'good men' and 'troublesome women.'" —Jezebel
"You’ll burn through this one!" —People Style Watch
"Twisty and compulsive. . . . Hawkins skillfully delves into the psyche of each character, extracting their feelings, fears and fallacies, slowly ramping up the psychological suspense as she goes." —BookPage
"A box of fascinating puzzle pieces to assemble" —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Into the Water is very different—expect beautiful descriptions and deeper layers—but you'll still want to race to the end to find out what happens." —The Sun (UK)
"Contains just as many hair-raising plot twists as [The Girl on the Train]. This time, Hawkins's absorbing and chilling cast of mothers, daughters and sisters grapples with the implications of memory, exploring what happens when our conflicting recollections of personal histories collide to destroy the present." —Harper's Bazaar
"An intriguing pop-feminist tale of small-town hypocrisy, sexual politics, and wrongs that won't rinse clean." —Entertainment Weekly
"Hawkins keeps you guessing until the final page." —Real Simple
"Hawkins is a master of waging emotional warfare among her characters against a backdrop of murder. Into the Water is one to read with the lights on." —SF Weekly
"Creepy from the get-go." —Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Hawkins returns to the rotating-narration style of her breakout debut, giving voice to an even broader cast this time. . . . Order by the ton." —Booklist, starred review
"Dark, spellbinding. . . . Hawkins keeps readers guessing while exploring the overt and subtle ways trauma, grief and long-buried secrets can affect minds, hearts and motivations." —Shelf Awareness
"The payoff packs a satisfying punch." —Publishers Weekly
"A noirish beach read that might make you think twice about dipping a toe in those dark, chilly waters." —USA Today
"In this era of nasty women and alternative facts, there's a certain solace to a dark escape, in the promise of submerged truths coming to light." —Vogue
"A unputdownable, smart, thoughtful thriller." —PopSugar
"[Into the Water] pulses with an excitement that flows into the writing and charges up the pace as the story peaks with a one-two punch. Hawkins lands the final blow with impeccable timing." —San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
PAULA HAWKINS is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Girl on the Train, which was made into a major motion picture.
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The main character is Jules who has been estranged from her older sister Nell for years. Then out the blue she gets a call saying that her sister committed suicide by jumping into a river of the little town where they grew up and where Nell was currently living with her daughter. Confronted with the death of her sister, Jules revisits the memories of her childhood and the events that caused their estrangement. She also must deal with her neice, 15 year old Lena, who is angry and resentful of Jules presence. However, Lena also seems to know more than she is letting on.
Eerily, a few months earlier Lena's best friend Katie also committed suicide by jumping into the river at the very same spot that Nell did. Is this a coincidence or just another lurid story in the history of this river. Legend has it that this spot in the river was used to try witches by dunking them into the water and there are other stories throughout the years of women committing suicide. It turns out that Nell was writing a book compiling these local stories - so did she discover some hidden truth that someone wanted to keep secret?
Its not a bad premise, just poorly executed. First the story is told from multiple points of views of various characters, which at first was difficult to keep straight. It also slows the plot significantly, since often the same incident is told again from the perspective of another character. The book also includes excerpts from Nell's manuscript of the previous deaths - which really do nothing but work as page filler.
The other problem for me is that in a character driven mystery, you need to care about the character and none of them were particularly likeable or interesting to me. Jules is an exhausting, neurotic mess, Lena a bratty teenager and the dead Nell came across as a very unlikable person. The other characters weren't much better.
Doubt very much that this novel will be made into a movie.
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