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From School Library Journal

The small British town of Beckford, known for its winding river and history of women drowning (by suicide or in a test of witchcraft) provides an eerie setting for this tale. Fifteen-year-old Lena's mother, Nel, who has been researching the river's mysteries, is found drowned a few months after Lena's best friend's body is discovered. Did they take their own lives? Or were they murdered? Multiple detectives are on the case, and chapters from the perspectives of the many characters slowly reveal clues. Hawkins's sophomore effort after The Girl on the Train is bound to be a hit, but the plethora of characters and measured pace may deter some teens. Those who stick with the novel will be rewarded as the plot picks up toward the end of the book and builds to a satisfying denouement. VERDICT For literary readers of atmospheric mysteries.—Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL


#1 National Bestseller
#1 International Bestseller
#1 New York Times Bestseller
A Daily Telebraph Best Thriller and Crime Book
A Goodreads Best Book
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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

"Bewitching. . . . Just as un-put-down-able as The Girl on the Train. With twisty surprises at every bend, this haunting tale of sisters, betrayal and the murky waters of our memories will stay with you long after you turn the last page." —Popsugar

Product details

  • File Size: 1897 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385689632
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada (May 2, 2017)
  • Publication Date: May 2, 2017
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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