Into the Water: Book summary and reviews of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water

A Novel

by Paula Hawkins

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
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  • Published in USA  May 2017
    400 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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An addictive new novel of psychological suspense from the author of #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train

"Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors—think Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott—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.

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"Hawkins may be juggling a few too many story lines for comfort, but the payoff packs a satisfying punch." - Publishers Weekly

"The spunkiest voice belongs to a somewhat tangential policewoman who probably should have been the narrator. 'Seriously," she comments, "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 instead of people falling into the slurry or bashing each other over the head.' Let's call it sophomore slump and hope for better things." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. 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

"Succulent new mystery... Hawkins, influenced by Hitchcock, has a cinematic eye and an ear for eerie, evocative language... So do dive in. The payoff is a socko ending. And a noirish beach read that might make you think twice about dipping a toe in those dark, chilly waters." - USA Today

"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." - Wall Street Journal

"If you prefer your page-turners with a heart of darkness, then consider Paula Hawkins's follow-up to her much-lauded Girl on the Train... Hawkins constructs a bracing, knotty ride in which the ghosts of the past come back to haunt those living in the present." - W Magazine

"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

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Paula Hawkins Author Biography

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Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in London. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller. It is being published all over the world and has been optioned by Dreamworks

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