Into the Water

Into the Water

A Novel

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: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780735211209
0735211205
Branch Call Number: Fiction Haw
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 24 cm

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Visser2216
Jul 21, 2017

Paula Hawkins did it again! This book was a real page turner, kept me on the edge of my seat and did not disappoint. An excellent summer read!

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writermala
Jul 14, 2017

Though Paula Hawkins' Girl on the Train was on the Bestseller List for weeks I did not enjoy reading it. "Into the Water," however was much more to my liking. I could really get "into" the characters and their relationship with the 'Drowning Pool." Nel, Lena, Jules, all spoke to me as did the other characters such as Katie, Louise, and Josh and the Townsends, (Patrick, Sean, and Helen.)
The mystery behind several deaths all involving the drowning pool was well thought out and well sketched. An interesting book well worth a read. If you loved "The Girl on The Train," I need hardly recommend this book you're going to read it. If you didn't like it I urge you to give Hawkins another chance and read this book.

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coroboreefarm
Jul 12, 2017

"Seriously, how is anyone supposed to keep track of all the bodies around here? It's like Midsomer Murders, only with accidents and suicides and grotesque historical misogynistic drownings....." I laughed when I read this passage from Into The Water. The young P.C. Erin Morgan had perfectly summed up my reactions to this much touted second novel from the writer of The Girl on the Train. I persevered with the book, but struggled to finish it. In my opinion, there were just too many characters, too many diverse story lines, that seemed to take far too long to weave together, and way too much obvious water imagery for me to get invested in reading it. Ultimately the book ends as I suspected it would, but it was not a satisfactory read for me.

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Sara0113
Jul 11, 2017

I love Paula Hawkins and this book did not disappoint, very good twists and turns to keep you guessing. As with Girl on the Train each chapter is a different character but there seemed to be more characters involved in this one which at times was a little confusing. I had to stop and think about who's perspective I was reading from.

AL_LESLEY Jul 08, 2017

A slow simmering multilayered mystery with a large cast of unlikeables and super disorienting first person and third person narrative changes. Altogether I enjoyed this 200x more than horrible girl on the train so, surprisingly Hawkins gets 3 stars from me. Having read half and listened to the second half I recommend listening to it as it was easier to keep track of the characters.

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lpdimond
Jul 07, 2017

Mess Don't bother.

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williamoliver1315
Jun 30, 2017

Found this a hard slog to read. Kept having to skip back and forwards because there were so many characters. It rambled on for while not really going any where. In the end gave up on it. I wasn't that impressed with Girl on the Train and this one was worse. Wouldn't recommend at all.

G_carmen Jun 29, 2017

A bit confusing because of the various characters. Over all a good book.

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ownedbydoxies
Jun 28, 2017

Complicated story-line. A lot of different characters presenting their own outlooks and observances, but because each individual chapter is quite brief, it's relatively easy to flip back if you're not sure what a certain character is referring to. It was definitely worth the effort to remember who said what to who and when!! At the same time I realized that because of the complexity of the characters' viewpoints I couldn't put the book aside for any length of time or I'd have to start over again. That being said, the book definitely kept my interest piqued and aI liked it a lot.

Not a great novel. If this was her first novel I doubt there would have been a second one. The first half of the book you almost needed a character guide to figure out who of the 15 characters the chapter was referring to. At least it was easy to know which of the dead women were telling their part of the story. Hope Paula Hawkins has a better third novel and wasn’t just reaping the benefits of her Girl on the Train to sell mediocre books in the future.

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