Into the WaterPaula Hawkins

Into the Water

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Into the Water by Paula Hawkins Book Summary



An addictive novel of psychological suspense from the author of #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train and A Slow Fire Burning.

“Hawkins is at the forefront of a group of female authors . . 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.

Into the Water (Paula Hawkins) Book Reviews

Excellent readIntriguing read that dives into those family relationships that shape our lives good or bad and the secrets that drive us apart. It's a good lesson in saying what needs to be said because tomorrow may be too late. Also just an edge on your seat who-dune-it that will keep you up late delving into each page until the author ever so gently whispers the truth.Score: 5/5

Just okDefinitely not as good as girl on the train. Not thrilling. Mediocre and while there is a twist at the end it was just ok. I did find it jumped all around and trying to keep up with all the different characters was a pain..Score: 3/5

Into the WaterTwists and turns. Overall it kept me reading and trying to wrap up the story..Score: 4/5

Into the WaterI couldn't put this book down. It captures your attention immediately and doesn't stop until the very last sentence. It's one of those reads that you dream about and wake up wanting to do nothing but finish it!.Score: 5/5

Hard readInto the water was a very hard read for me. What made it so hard was every chapter being focused on a new person. I felt like my brain had to rearrange itself to get into the new chapter. For most of the book when I got to the next chapter I thought okay who is this person again. Just confusing at times. I did like the storyline of the book and the whole history of witches bc I didn’t know that was a real thing at one point. I am a really big fan of Girl on the Train so I went in with very high expectations. Still a good read just too many characters and too much change every chapter..Score: 3/5

Too many characters, very slow plot progression.There are way too many characters in this book to keep up. It jumps around way too much. Plus, it is such a slow and drawn out plot. Very boring. I fall asleep reading it. Wishing for a refund..Score: 1/5

Enthralling!Left nothing to be desired, even with balancing so many different characters and their unique voices. I could not put this book down, a must read for any thriller novel enthusiast..Score: 5/5

Too many narrativesToo many narratives. Too confusing. Not interesting. Stopped caring..Score: 1/5

Into the WaterGreat read! Suspenseful with many surprises. Every time you think you know who did what you’re turned in a different direction..Score: 5/5

I loved itI don’t get why people r saying it was confusing and hard to read Becuz it wasn’t they clearly weren’t focused on the book. It’s my favorite book ever. The ending was the best part. It’s a perfect ending. It was NEVER boring ..Score: 5/5

Into the waterThis book had too many characters and it was very hard to follow. I am will stop reading it, but kept hoping it would get better, but it didn’t. The ending was very dull. Don’t waste Your money or time on this book. Very disappointed.Score: 1/5

Good Read...2nd book always gets over critiquedTo be truthful, I had doubts whether this second novel would stand on its own. It did. Hawkins is such an elegant writer. The multi cast of 10 characters was not not as difficult to assemble as you would think (if in doubt, think about Tolstoy's WIP cast of characters, lol). It flows well and after the first 50 pages, I couldn't put the book down. Well done..Score: 4/5

AverageVery confusing organization..Score: 3/5

Very intriguing & worrisome for we, the troublesome...Very intriguing! I'm going with a 5-star rating because I found myself thinking about this book quite often throughout the week that it took me to read it, and talking about it with other women, troublesome women, if you will. Each of which would remark something about it sounding like a book worth reading, or that it had an interesting plot, with that little bit of ominous fear hanging over our conversing, for what woman hasn't felt threatened or vulnerable towards a world in which men consider us to be troublesome and disposable?.Score: 5/5

DisappointingPoor sophomore read.Score: 2/5

Book reviewI kinda got lost with this book.Score: 3/5

Kept me wanting to readI thought the book was just okay, but somehow it still kept me wanting to read..Score: 4/5

DisappointedThis is the first book I will not be able to finish. Incredibly hard to follow. Jumping characters and from 1st to 3rd person, it’s way too confusing. Such a let down, the girl on the train was so much better..Score: 1/5

DisappointedBook 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..Score: 3/5

Most anticlimactic thriller I’ve ever readIf you’re looking for suspense, look elsewhere..Score: 1/5

Into the water.Very hard to follow. Too many characters. Could have been a good story but this method of telling it is not worth reading..Score: 1/5

CapturingEvery 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.Score: 5/5

Another incredibly written suspense novels!!Paula Hawkins books keep getting better and better. I’m impatiently waiting for the next one! Extraordinary talent! Phenomenal characters and plot lines..Score: 5/5

Hard to followIt 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..Score: 1/5

EhWas so disappointed in this book, especially after all the hype surrounding it. Too many characters to keep track of and I just couldn't get into it like Girl On The Train..Score: 3/5

DisappointedI was very excited to read this after girl on the train. I was very disappointed! There are so many characters to keep up with. Kind of confusing and quiet honestly I didn't even get the point of the whole story. I finished the book and was still very confused. Def don't recommend it..Score: 2/5

DisappointingI had a problem with the constant change in narration and it was a bit confusing. A disappointment since I liked Girl on The Train so much..Score: 2/5

This book drove me nuts trying to keep the characters straight.Let’s face it. Lots of authors write chapters from characters’ perspectives. Some authors jump back it time to lay a bit of groundwork. That helps make the narrative more clear. And some authors jump back and forth from first person to third. And do so well. But this author failed miserably primarily due to a seemingly unrelated cast of characters and also by having far too many. I did not want to finish it, it was so awful. And not one sympathetic character did not help. Literally, I was not drawn to like any of them. I loved The Girl On The Train but this book was just plain hard work. Not enjoyable at all..Score: 1/5

Amazing writingSpoiler alert. First off, I loved the writing. The different characters and perspectives was unique. Y’all say it was confusing. I say it was great writing. It’s the little things that I notice that only that style of writing can capture. I loved this book. Not comparing to the girl on the train like so many other reviewers. Two different novels. This did not disappoint..Score: 5/5

Into the WaterGreat read! I couldn't put it down; the author is talented at weaving stories together from various points of view!.Score: 5/5

Loose endsThere were a couple things that were never explained, which bothered me. It was good but the ending needed more information.Score: 1/5

SO goodI couldn't put this book down. Very dark and so many interesting characters!.Score: 5/5

Slow Start but good twistsThis was a good read with a slow start. Near the end things pick up and it’s more engaging..Score: 3/5

Eh.Eh. I feel like I can’t properly critique this one, because I was expecting so much more after reading The Girl on the Train. Interesting plot and a few good characters, but I felt like the multiple points of view were unnecessary. It would definitely be better as a TV series, I think..Score: 3/5

Slow moving...Not nearly as good as "The Girl on the Train ".Score: 3/5

Into the waterVery disjointed and not caring the end..Score: 2/5

Many Characters, Maybe Too Many?The story is told with 11 different people and although the mystery is fizzing, it’s hard to stay engaged and finish the story. It’s worth the read but not as consistently interesting as her other work..Score: 3/5

Don't waste your timeI never got into this book. Between the endless characters and few connections among them, it was very difficult to get into a rhythm. I found this incredibly boring..Score: 1/5

EntertainingThis book was entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Similar to other reviews, I too had difficulty keeping track of all the characters until the latter portion of Part 3 when I had begun to know them better, but until then, I needed to frequently backtrack to remind myself who everyone was and where their storyline left off. This is a good book, but if you enjoyed The Girl on the Train as much as I did, it’s best that you lower your expectations and judge it on its own merits..Score: 4/5

Difficult to ReadMen being terrible to women, we already live through that everyday. I need more stories where the women win. The narrative was jumbled, too much hinting at but skipping over important events, dragging out the mysteries, revealing but never explaining. How did he get the bracelet!? What did she do with his body?!.Score: 3/5

Not worth the timeThis book is not that I trudging, and feels as though the author had no idea where this story was going, then just decided on a random ending that has nothing to do with how the beginning of it really started. I suggest you not waste your time on this one..Score: 2/5

A bit all over the placeI patiently followed each of the story lines, often referencing the table of contents to make sure I kept track of the characters. The more I read, the more I stopped caring about any of them and resigned myself to the "big twist" that was sure to come in the end. When I got there, sadly enough, I didn't even care. A tolerable read..Score: 3/5

Good readI 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..Score: 4/5

DisappointingVery 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..Score: 1/5

Amazing ThrillA thrilling mystery that has you questioning everything up until the very end. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

Into The WaterWell developed characters. Deep and twisting plot that avoids cliches. Very well written. It was hard to put the book down..Score: 5/5

Into the WaterGreat all the way till the end. Character development superb. Should be a major motion picture. Looking forward to Paula's next book..Score: 5/5

Into the waterEnjoyed it overall, but ended too abruptly and left me certain answers of who did what. Maybe that was the author's intent..Score: 4/5

Lackluster EndingDefinitely a book that kept me wanting more, I was just a bit disappointed with the way it turned out in the end. I was hoping for more..Score: 3/5

Inferior Reading MaterialDon’t even try it without a cheat sheet of characters. Poor to no character development, dreary, lackluster plot development. I give it a 1-star since there’s no half. Wasted time and money..Score: 1/5

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