Into the Water



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 authorsthink Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbottwho 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.

Into the Water - Paula Hawkins Summary

Into the Water (2017) is a thriller novel by British author Paula Hawkins. It is Hawkins' second full-length thriller following the success of The Girl on the Train. Although the novel performed well, becoming a Sunday Times best seller and featuring on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2017, critical reception was generally not as positive as it had been for her debut thriller. Several critics were confused by the myriad of characters (the story is told from the viewpoint of 11 characters) and the similarity of their voices. In February 2017, before the book was first published, Variety reported that DreamWorks' parent Amblin Partners purchased the film rights, with La La Land's Marc Platt and Jared LeBoff proposed as producers...

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Into the Water - Paula Hawkins Book Reviews (2,222)


Disappointed3 star

Book was drawn out and hard to keep track of all the characters. I don’t like book where each character has their own chapters. It took me a long time to figure out where everyone fit in. Just couldn’t get into it and was hard to finish. 35


Loose ends1 star

There were a couple things that were never explained, which bothered me. It was good but the ending needed more information 15


Hard to follow1 star

It was very confusing to follow the different characters. Each chapter is told from a different characters point of view. Very disappointed because I liked Paula’s other work. 15

WYR all day girl

Capturing5 star

Every little twist this book had was so capturing... the character list can be confusing at first but once you know everybody it’s hard to not fall in love with this story 55


Amazing Thrill5 star

A thrilling mystery that has you questioning everything up until the very end. Highly recommend. 55

Ticked off Texan

Most anticlimactic thriller I’ve ever read1 star

If you’re looking for suspense, look elsewhere. 15


Good read4 star

I wish more things could’ve been explained, but the story was good. Not as bad as everyone’s saying. The ending should’ve been more. 45


Another incredibly written suspense novels!!5 star

Paula Hawkins books keep getting better and better. I’m impatiently waiting for the next one! Extraordinary talent! Phenomenal characters and plot lines. 55

Ceci bee

Disappointing1 star

Very hard to read. Characters changed from 1st to 3rd person oftentimes. Two many characters and poor plot between past and present. I loved Girl on the Train and the author would follow suit with this book. I don’t recommend. 15


Too many narratives1 star

Too many narratives. Too confusing. Not interesting. Stopped caring. 15


Liked it!4 star

So different from The Girl on the Train. I liked the telling of the story by the different characters. It took a while to get what was going on. About midway the novel really takes off and you know what's going on. When I was 3/4 into it, I wanted to keep reading. That's when the pace picks up. A great read. I recommend it highly. Keep 'em coming, Paula Hawley! 45

Akinleye Ajayi

Good read4 star

Don't like the ending however it's a lovely book overall. 45


Into The Water2 star

It's definitely not as good as "Girl on the Train". Due to my schedule, I wasn't able to sit for long periods and read it. As a result, I found it hard to follow. It wasn't until 2/3 through that I knew who belonged to who. It was better then, but still disappointing. 25


Not great2 star

I was really looking forward to this book, but it was disappointing. It kept my interest only because I was waiting for it to get better. It was confusing and difficult to keep the story straight. It read as if it had been written backwards. It didn't tie together in the end and left me frustrated. 25


Eh2 star

It was okay. Had to force myself to read through several slow spots. This book was a let down compared to Girl on the Train. 25


Too many characters narrating2 star

The first half of the book is so hard to follow because there's just so many characters narrating the story. I couldn't grasp who was who and what story they were telling. The end didn't make sense either. 25


Very enjoyable summer read!4 star

I enjoyed this book very much. Could have read it in one sitting if I had the time!! Great summer read 45


!!!5 star

Great book! 55


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Waste1 star

Read half the book and I'm giving up. I have no idea what she is talking about, nor do I care. 15

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