Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
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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

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#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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All: 6 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 5

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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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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Financial Times

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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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