Into the Water

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins Book Summary



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 authorsthink Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbottwho 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.

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Into the Water (Paula Hawkins) Book Reviews

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- Disappointed3 star

Book 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.

- Loose ends1 star

There were a couple things that were never explained, which bothered me. It was good but the ending needed more information

- Hard to follow1 star

It 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.

- Capturing5 star

Every 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

- Amazing Thrill5 star

A thrilling mystery that has you questioning everything up until the very end. Highly recommend.

- Most anticlimactic thriller I’ve ever read1 star

If you’re looking for suspense, look elsewhere.

- Good read4 star

I 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.

- Another incredibly written suspense novels!!5 star

Paula Hawkins books keep getting better and better. I’m impatiently waiting for the next one! Extraordinary talent! Phenomenal characters and plot lines.

- Disappointing1 star

Very 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.

- Too many narratives1 star

Too many narratives. Too confusing. Not interesting. Stopped caring.

- Disappointed1 star

This 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.

- Hard read3 star

Into 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.

- Inferior Reading Material1 star

Don’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.

- Into the water1 star

This 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

- I loved it5 star

I 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 .

- Eh.3 star

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.

- Disappointing2 star

I 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.

- Enthralling!5 star

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.

- Lackluster Ending3 star

Definitely 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.

- Excellent read5 star

Intriguing 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

- Eh3 star

Was 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.

- A bit all over the place3 star

I 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.

- Book review3 star

I kinda got lost with this book

- Slow moving...3 star

Not nearly as good as "The Girl on the Train "

- Disappointed2 star

I 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.

- Into the water.1 star

Very hard to follow. Too many characters. Could have been a good story but this method of telling it is not worth reading.

- Into the Water5 star

Great read! I couldn't put it down; the author is talented at weaving stories together from various points of view!

- Too many characters, very slow plot progression.1 star

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.

- SO good5 star

I couldn't put this book down. Very dark and so many interesting characters!

- Just ok3 star

Definitely 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.

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- Liked it!4 star

So different from The Girl on the Train. I liked the telling of the story by the different characters. It took a while to get what was going on. About midway the novel really takes off and you know what's going on. When I was 3/4 into it, I wanted to keep reading. That's when the pace picks up. A great read. I recommend it highly. Keep 'em coming, Paula Hawley!

- Good read4 star

Don't like the ending however it's a lovely book overall.

- Into The Water2 star

It's definitely not as good as "Girl on the Train". Due to my schedule, I wasn't able to sit for long periods and read it. As a result, I found it hard to follow. It wasn't until 2/3 through that I knew who belonged to who. It was better then, but still disappointing.

- Not great2 star

I was really looking forward to this book, but it was disappointing. It kept my interest only because I was waiting for it to get better. It was confusing and difficult to keep the story straight. It read as if it had been written backwards. It didn't tie together in the end and left me frustrated.

- Eh2 star

It was okay. Had to force myself to read through several slow spots. This book was a let down compared to Girl on the Train.

- Too many characters narrating2 star

The first half of the book is so hard to follow because there's just so many characters narrating the story. I couldn't grasp who was who and what story they were telling. The end didn't make sense either.

- Very enjoyable summer read!4 star

I enjoyed this book very much. Could have read it in one sitting if I had the time!! Great summer read

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- Waste1 star

Read half the book and I'm giving up. I have no idea what she is talking about, nor do I care.

- Only ok2 star

This book was a confusing mess of unlikable characters. There really wasn't one character in this book that grabbed my attention. I loved Girl on a Train and had great expectations for this next book, but the first third of the book was a slog with too many characters to keep track of and tie together. Once I finally understood the plot, I thought, "aha! I bet there will be a gotcha climax!" But, that wasn't the case at all. The ending felt rushed, almost like the author couldn't really figure out what to do with all those characters, so she just...ended it! No surprise, no "gotcha"...just...wrap this thing up and let's all go home. Maybe the author was on a deadline and had to get the manuscript turned in, like, NOW! I hope her next book is better than this one!

- Aweful1 star

Cannot follow storyline what so ever. Girl on the Train was a one hit wonder.

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- Into The Water3 star

The book is hard to get into. A number of characters and every chapter goes to another character. Also, slow reading. What ever happened to Mark? I would not buy this book again.

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- Disappointing3 star

This was incredibly difficult to follow at first - there were so many narrators. When I finally began to follow the storyline it was a compelling read. The ending, however, seems to have been haphazardly put together. It's as though she grew weary of her characters and the story and just decided to wrap it up and be done with it. Too much left undone - I never did figure out what happened to a seemingly important character. I wouldn't not recommend this book. I would simply say to potential readers that it isn't as satisfying as her first book.

- Great book5 star

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. My first book to read by her and I can't wait to read another! Love it 💜

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- Not my favorite but keeps you reading3 star

I thought i was the only one who had trouble keeping up with the jumping around and characters. then i read these reviews. It took me quite some time to actually get a grasp on who was who! I did think the characters were great, all flawed and real and ultimately the continuous twists kept you wondering, and i for sure kept reading.

- Very underwhelming3 star

Tough to follow in the beginning... then I figured it out halfway through. Paula even admits through the personification of a character that there are many unanswered questions in the end.

- Murder and mayhem in a tiny English town4 star

The author serves up a cast of whacky, flawed characters, misunderstandings, and lies and serves it all up in a romping good read. Perfect for beside the pool reading this summer.

- :0(1 star

Does not live up to the girl on the train. Boring, predictable, definitely not a page turner

- Book is a little disjointed4 star

At first, the book started off one point I felt it was better than Girl On A Train..but then it took a turn. Overall, I wanted to complete the book, but there were too many small or nonsense storylines that made no sense. The book would at times present pieces of information that you think it would expound upon later in the book, but makes no mention. Just too many storylines with no connections.

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- Couldn't put it down!5 star

I absolutely loved Girl on the Train, so was very excited to read this. At first I felt I may have a hard time following the different families and narrators and characters, but it became no problem. It felt so real and I loved the plot twists. Amazing work and cannot wait to read the next one.

- Intriguing!3 star

I was fascinated with this book and the questions kept me reading. All well and good, but once again this authors characters left me disappointed. They were all weak, flawed, and less real than real people I know. Love the suspense of the novel but miss having a character I can look up to! Yes perhaps I learn from these weak horrible people who have suffered terrible lives, but I don't want to read about them anymore. They make me depressed. Please improve the characters in the next novel. Make them strong and goal oriented and drug alcohol free! I want to read a book that makes me happy, not dark and moody.😞

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