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Into the Water: A Novel Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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“A captivating contemporary whodunit… suspense churns and the plot keeps you guessing.”—People Magazine
“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
"[A] 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
“Addicting… this novel has a little something for anyone looking for their next binge-read.” —Marie Claire
"Thrilling... we [are] kept guessing until the sobering conclusion." —O Magazine
"Mother's Day is coming up. This one's perfect for the mom who always has shelf space for thrillers." —theSkimm
“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 unputdownable, smart, thoughtful thriller.”—PopSugar
“An intriguing pop-feminist tale of small-town hypocrisy, sexual politics, and wrongs that won’t rinse clean.”—Entertainment Weekly
"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
“Hawkins weaves another wonderfully twisted mystery.”—Coastal Living
“Readers will be locked in a guessing game until the unnerving conclusion… It’ll give you the most thrills and chills.” —Redbook
“Page-turner… 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
“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
“Sometimes what we really need is a good thriller. And Paula Hawkins knows how to captivate readers with an enthralling and suspenseful mystery. Following her psychological thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins is at it again with Into the Water.” –Mic
"A page-turning thriller… Will haunt you long after this book is over.” —Bustle
"I couldn't resist Hawkins' anxiously awaited second novel ... scary and addictive." —Cup of Jo
“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 keeps you guessing until the final page.” —Real Simple
“Arresting… Hawkins is an ambitious writer, inclining to the literary end of the spectrum.”—Financial Times
“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
“When it comes to tension you could cut with a knife, no one does it better than Hawkins.”—New York Post
“An elegantly written tale that grips readers like a mighty current, guiding and taking them downriver toward the inevitable rocky ending and breathtaking plot twist in the novel’s final pages.” —Deseret News
“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
“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)
“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
“The payoff packs a satisfying punch.” —Publishers Weekly
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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This time through, I feel compelled to knock off another star because there were so many POVs not only did I STILL not remember them, but it distracted from the story every bit as much as last time. Fourteen was too many, and I didn't like it the first time through, nor the second. And I doubt I'll ever read this book a third.
Into the Water is the much anticipated new novel from author Paula Hawkins. How do you follow up on the success of The Girl on the Train? Where do you go next? That must have been such a daunting prospect for the author….
This low key thriller is set in fictional Beckford, Northumberland, centred around the Drowning Pool. It is here that Nel Abbot’s body has been found, drowned, leaving behind her teenage daughter Lena. Jules, Nel’s sister, descends to take up the reins of care in the aftermath. Jules and Nel had not spoken for many a year which makes everything rather difficult.
Nel, however, is not the only person to have drowned – a history of demonic practices goes right back to the point when perceived witches were bound and dropped in the water – if they floated they were guilty, if they drowned they were innocent of witchcraft. In fact, two further people have drowned in the last few years, whose stories also become part of the narrative. It certainly is a novel of weird and wonderful countryfolk, focussed on watery deaths, with just a little nod to Twin Peaks. As Erin, the policewoman and incomer muses: “Seriously: how is anyone supposed to keep track of all the bodies round 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.” Having a character capture the nub of the book is an interesting and arresting technique! And, yes, that is essentially what the book is about.
There are eleven characters who voice the story (I didn’t count, I saw this number cited in other reviews). Developing a story with several points of view is certainly a challenge and I felt slightly daunted by the early references detailing the wealth of characters populating the novel. I therefore dutifully wrote down the names and their relationships as I read, just in case. But I don’t think you really need to do that, they meld, they become individual for the most part. The whole story is an exploration of relationships and whether the deaths are murders or accidents.
The book is constructed like a circular eddy, reflecting the motion of the water in the Drowning Pool – the characters, too, go round in circles, and can descend into a troublesome mêlée of characters who chew over the cud, struggle with relationships and show their violent natures.
The bookcover very much reflects the content, the circling water and a very reduced palette of colour. The story is bleak and indeed colourless, it is almost a story written in monochrome and can become quite introspective. Yet it does have something about it! It won’t have the success of The Girl on the Train because I suspect it won’t have the wider appeal, it is gloomy, and although the writing is excellent, it feels as though there is a lack of energy, a depression, which again reflects the events. Interesting up to a point but not for everyone.
In TripFiction terms Northumberland is the setting, but apart from a few references to Beckford being an hour away from Howick or Craster and the odd mention of Newcastle and Gateshead, it could really be set anywhere.
I was SO excited about this book and about “another installment in the Hawkins franchise” , but this book has left me bitter with a head full of grey hair (metaphor, my hair is fabulous, and not grey) and I honestly almost hated it as much as I hated the last half of My Life In France (by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme).
Perhaps I had set my expectations too high, but surely with The Girl On The Train being such a success, her next book just HAD TO be good, right? Wrong.
The first half of the book seemed to be the exact same thing, over and over and over again. Two detectives come in, one questions a person and the other just stands there, when the person they’re questioning says “I don’t know”, they let them go. Then they proceed onto the next person and the same thing happens time and time again, so then they just go back to questioning the same people, and it NEVER GETS ANYWHERE.
The “cliffhanger” (pun intended) was predictable to say the least. The book had peaked my interested in the 3rd part of it (it’s a 4 part book) and then immediately lost it again.
The only pages worth reading at all had to be the last maybe 10 pages. So save yourself the trouble of wasting your time and possibly developing anger issues over the poorly composed book, and just go to your local Target, open the book to the last 10 pages and read them. There you go. I saved you all the years worth of wrinkles you’re bound to develop if you actually sit down headstrong in reading and finishing this book.
I give this book 1 out of 5 stars mainly because I can now successfully use it to heat my home by tossing it into the fireplace.
I would also like to add that I waited for the release of this book for MONTHS after it was announced and my heart was so set on paying any price for it and I highly regret that now to the point where I almost want to personally reach out to the author and ask her if she would refund me my $20 that I spent on it at Target if I shipped the book back to her.
Don't waste your money.