Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
A Novel

52%

26 Critic Reviews

That said, several other characters are insufficiently differentiated and, without a glossary, make little impact. Nevertheless, Into the Water remains largely arresting as layer after layer is peeled back to reveal the truth about the deaths in the river.
-Financial Times

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.
 

About Paula Hawkins

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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.
 
Published May 2, 2017 by Riverhead Books. 394 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Into the Water
All: 26 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 16

Kirkus

Below average
on Feb 06 2017

...even after you’ve managed to untangle all the willfully misleading information, half-baked subplots, and myriad characters, you’re going to have a tough time keeping it straight.

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Star Tribune

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Reviewed by Ginny Greene on Apr 28 2017

Prepare to settle in with the sisters of the water. The river tells the village’s story as surely as the lifeline on your palm.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Kate Ayers on May 04 2017

Told from the viewpoints of many key players, INTO THE WATER virtually speeds along to its slightly murky conclusion. Paula Hawkins has a distinctive style that compels her readers to keep turning the pages.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Apr 24 2017

“Into the Water” chugs off to a slow, perplexing start, but it develops a head of steam at an unlikely moment. It has exactly one smart, perfectly conceived Hitchcockian page: its last.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Good
Reviewed by Margie Romero on Apr 30 2017

It will make a lushly gorgeous movie, but is unlikely to capture the wealth of Ms. Hawkins nuances. Definitely read the book first.

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Express

Good
Reviewed by Charlotte Heathcote on May 07 2017

Hawkins brilliantly evokes the eeriness behind the village’s beauty and the people of Beckford have woven an intricately tangled web that isn’t unravelled until the very last line in what is ultimately an intense, satisfying and wellcrafted read.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

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Reviewed by Sue Turnbull on Apr 28 2017

Into the Water is not just "dark", it's as "noir" as they come. It's also a book that begs the question, if everybody screws life up, why is it the women who must pay the ultimate price? Prepare to be perturbed – again.

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Look At OKC

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Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on May 07 2017

You may struggle with the beginning of this book, but stick with it. It takes awhile to get settled but once you do, this is the most unsettling book you'll read this spring. For you, novel lover, reading “Into the Water” is a dream.

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Newsday

Below average
Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers on May 01 2017

...when those hidden matters are slowly — so slowly — revealed to the impatient reader, they neither propel nor deepen the plot...This is an unfortunate follow-up to “The Girl on the Train” and, we are hoping, an aberration.

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Seattle PI

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Reviewed by Adriana Delgado on May 08 2017

Hawkins' constant narrative shifts soon enough become too much and too confusing, never really allowing much exploration of her character's personalities.

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The National

Below average
Reviewed by Ben East on May 09 2017

This is a gamble that does not quite pay off - but then, being one of the most well-paid authors of 2016 gives you a certain leeway.

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Chicago Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Lloyd Sachs on May 04 2017

For all of the book's eerie trappings, Hawkins fails to capture the dark powers the Drowning Pool is said to have. Like many other elements in this overcooked, underachieving novel, it's one-dimensional.

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Irish Times

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Reviewed by Declan Hughes on May 06 2017

...the sheer number and diversity of narrative voices tend to undermine suspense and mitigate revelations when they come; chorus teeters into cacophony, and it can feel, structurally and texturally, as if crucial moments aren’t being accorded their due.

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London Evening Standard

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Reviewed by Katie Law on Apr 27 2017

Film rights have been snapped up, natch, and the book is doubtless bound for bestsellerdom. But Hawkins’s device of using her characters’ false memories to keep twisting the direction of the plot does overstretch credibility.

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London Evening Standard

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Reviewed by David Sexton on Apr 03 2017

That all sounds fine and dandy. Unfortunately, Into the Water turns out to be hard work. There’s a ridiculous multiplication of narrators from the start, some first-person, others third, so that on first reading it is almost impossible to keep track of who’s who and what relation they have to one another.

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Shots

Above average
Reviewed by Maureen Ellis on May 22 2017

There was something of a slow start, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment of it, as the hints at witchcraft and mysteries, and where this story was actually going, really kept me gripped.

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Star-Telegram

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Reviewed by DAVID MARTINDALE on Apr 25 2017

If the author didn’t have such stellar credentials — more than 20 million copies of “The Girl on the Train” sold worldwide — maybe her publisher would have insisted on revisions to a sluggish opening.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on May 19 2017

Into the Water is a dull disappointment of a thriller; one good flush would put everybody – characters and readers alike – out of their misery.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Alison Flood on May 16 2017

Into the Water isn’t as slick or as clever – or as relatable – as The Girl on the Train, but it’s creepy enough, provided you can stay on top of the multiple voices and the deaths piling up through the centuries. The supernatural tinge given by the psychic might not be to everyone’s liking...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Val McDermid on Apr 26 2017

The second novel is a notorious challenge to a writer. Hawkins had a mountain to climb after the success of The Girl on the Train and no doubt the sales of her second thriller will be massive. I suspect her readers’ enjoyment may be less so.

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Reviewed by G. Robert Frazier on May 02 2017

The book builds slowly, requiring patience above all from readers but with the promise of a more compelling latter half of the book.

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Barry Forshaw on May 05 2017

That said, several other characters are insufficiently differentiated and, without a glossary, make little impact. Nevertheless, Into the Water remains largely arresting as layer after layer is peeled back to reveal the truth about the deaths in the river.

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https://www.booklistonline.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Annie Bostrom on May 01 2017

Have you heard of The Girl on the Train? Sure you have—along with everyone else. Order by the ton.

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Reviewed by Leah Greenblatt on May 02 2017

The book’s piled-on storylines lack the feverish, almost subdermal intimacy of Train, and Hawkins’ pulp psychology has only the soggiest sort of logic. Still, buried in her humid narrative is an intriguing pop-feminist tale

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Reviewed by Mia Faller on May 22 2017

Fast paced with deeply rooted ideas and a deep seeded current of guilt, Into the Water proves that some injustices can never be escaped, that no matter what price we pay, someone will always get hurt.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Apr 28 2017

Keeping track of all these characters can at times be daunting. But the effort proves worthwhile in a chronicle whose final pages yield startling revelations—despite the puzzlement of the policeman in charge.

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