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. The deceased woman whose body is found at the start of this novel, Nel, has spent her life fascinated by water—and not just any water, but the particular body of water in her hometown which has claimed the lives of many local women. The story is told through the alternating perspectives of over ten different characters. It was certainly a lot to take in and keep track of, but it also upped the intrigue and gave the structure a quick, choppy sort of flow. It makes the focus on each character too equal and sort of dulls the opportunity for surprise.
I wasn't shocked by the turn out, or maybe I wasn't all that impressed. Despite being granted the less-pronounced, swift conclusion I prefer, I didn't feel that gut-punch of a twist-well-done.
It felt more matter-of-fact and slid past me without sparking much of a rise in my emotions. All of that said, I had a hard time putting this one down and soared through it in roughly a day or so. View all 52 comments. Annie Lssrd Spoilers — I liked that book enough but two questions were left unanswered for me: May 21, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: This is not an easy book to get into.
But the book does grab you. You only see glimpses, back and forth, but they are fascinating, shimmering glimpses, like trying to determine what's underneath the water. Hawkins excels at keeping the reader off balance. There are twists throughout. I liked the premise.
Nel is the latest death in t This is not an easy book to get into. Nel is the latest death in the drowning pool. Girls and women have either been put to death or killed themselves here for centuries. So the police are trying to ascertain what actually happened. They keep catching everyone in lies, so they keep investigating.
Everyone blames someone else, everyone is pointing fingers. And there's plenty of blame to go around. The book really picks up steam in the second half and the ending is perfect. I did not see that coming! Not as good as Girl on the Train, which was phenomenal, but enticing in its own right.
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Nel had lived in Mill House by the river her entire life, and most of her memories pretty much revolved around this dark and forbidding body of water, particularly 'The Drowning Pool'. It's a place of secrets, mysteries and witchcraft. Nel was completely obsessed with stories of 'troublesome' women who had lost their lives in the 'Drowning Pool' including a 14 year old girl pronounced as a witch during the Witchfinder Trials in the seventeenth century. Nel leaves behind a daughter, 15 year old Lena who appears to harbour secrets of her own, and she's just one of many in this small town of Beckford.
It's a small town with big secrets. The tragedy brings Nel's sister Jules back to the place she swore she'd never return to. She's Lena's only family now, but they've never met and relations between the two are somewhat strained to say the least. The narrative is told from many viewpoints, with each chapter being devoted to a different character. I particularly enjoyed the way this worked, as it gave each character plenty of depth. The fact that they were bite sized chapters too, was an added bonus. 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.
There's a sinister air throughout, with unknown voices and footsteps on creaking floorboards in the dead of night. There are lots of threads to the storyline, lots of frayed edges, but Paula Hawkins pulls them all together to create a fascinating read. I have been on the fence with this one due to mixed reviews. I"m glad the various POV's worked for you. They used to really annoy me bu Great Maureen. They used to really annoy me but now I find they really work for me. I"m glad that they helped with character depth for you!
They used to real Debra wrote: May 19, Linda rated it it was ok Shelves: When I first started reading this "much-awaited" second novel by Paula Hawkins, I was so impressed by her ability to create such an eerie, chilling description of what I had hoped was a taste of what was to come--reminiscent of old, black-and-white, British movies.
I remember wondering at the time she was writing, if she might have been imagining this book becoming another movie. That's how it began to feel--too much attention was given to the details of the surroundings.
The author gives a quick When I first started reading this "much-awaited" second novel by Paula Hawkins, I was so impressed by her ability to create such an eerie, chilling description of what I had hoped was a taste of what was to come--reminiscent of old, black-and-white, British movies. The author gives a quick introduction to each of the 10 characters. This is about five more than I can comfortably keep track of. In between these characters, chapters of a book being written by one of them is added in throughout the storyline on previous drowning victims, which also adds to the confusion.
After bouncing me around from one character to the next through the first half of the book, my interest quickly started to wane. At no time did I feel any suspense building nor could I form a connection with any of the unlikable characters. The ending was lackluster, leaving me with several unanswered questions. I wouldn't recommend listening to a book for the first time on audio with 6, POV's!
I may read the physical book and see if I like it.
I just can't like this book at this time. It switched so many times between dates and people that I wanted to throw the book! Well, audio on the tablet across the room! I would never have gotten the audio if the summary would have said there are people in the book! The group of narrators were good though. Now that I think about it, I Ummmmmm I don't feel like reading about rapists and a bastard that drowns a cat.
Seems everyone and things get drowned or something. I guess The Drowning Pool is a good name for the river, lake, water. My friends seem to all be half n half. There are 2 stars, 3 stars and 4 stars. View all 48 comments. It was more multi-layered. View all 31 comments. May 01, Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it. But a hell of past history of persecution against women comes upon this small town The writing style was still -as I loved in TGOTT- sad and depressing, and the story has heart breaking scenes and strong characters confrontations..
But it turned out perfect Yet, I loved Jules character so much since the beginning, her hard complicated past with her sister, the river.. Jules chapters also written very uniquely and smart That was really heartbreaking And why I said it's not-so-different-characters? Lena , the teenage daughter's who lost her very best friend and mother in the same month.. Sean Townsend , the police and his father Patrick ,and wife Helen , and their complicated past, since Sean lost his mother when he was so young And Erin , his partner in the case of Nel's death, she also suffer a troubled past.
I really loved the mystery, this puzzle game where every character seems to hide something Also the Nel's hand bracelet is a bit unclear. YET I really loved the last revelations, the twist by the last chapter. Here is a certain deal that the author really can make a good story. And she got it in making characters you can feel them and care for them. Adding a very little bit of magic into the mystery was good, just to serve the theme of the persecution against women So, It's a hot, and hot summer needs a cool reads.. View all 18 comments. Apr 17, Abby Crime by the Book rated it it was ok.
Find my full review here: This book was, unfortunately, a disappointment to me. Convoluted plotting, WAY too many characters to keep track of, and an overall lack of suspense made for a less than engaging read. View all 21 comments. Apr 23, Wendy Darling rated it liked it Shelves: Review to come of the audio edition. View all 15 comments. May 25, Book of Secrets rated it it was ok. By page 32, I counted seven different POVs. A few more POVs were added after that. Basically the story was about a place called "The Drowning Pool" where several women died, beginning in the s.
The latest death is a woman who was writing a book about this seemingly cursed place. Sounded promising, but turned out to be dull. I was looking forward to this book, but in the end it was just meh. View all 4 comments. Jun 02, Julie rated it liked it. When Nel's body is recovered, her estranged sister, Jules, returns home to identify her sister's remains, and to take care of her niece, Lena.
Was it an accident, a suicide or murder? Are the two deaths connected? That is very, very good to know, and if you are planning on reading this book, you will be glad you were forewarned. I was prepared before I read the first paragraph, but, despite all those dire predictions, I really did want to keep an open mind.
When I finally got my hands on a copy, I was perplexed. The book was good, really good. The best part of its success, for me, was that it seemed to spawn a renewed interest in the psychological thriller category, and gave the genre a fresh perspective and long overdue makeover. This past year, alone, there were a slew of wildly entertaining debut thrillers, but I had to be careful not to overindulge for fear of burning myself out.
Too much of good thing and all that. My point is, TGOTT was above average, and was a catalyst for many other wonderful books brought to press, but it was not THAT great, in my opinion, so my expectations were not unreasonably high to start off with, but I was still curious to see how the author responded to all that hype with the publication of her second novel. At first, it did seem as though all those dire predictions were coming true. The first part of the book was pretty messy, and almost mind numbingly boring.
There are entirely too many characters, all with their own first person perspective, which was a very bad idea. The setting, with old legends, and superstitions, passed down about the river, did help to create a gloomy and edgy atmosphere, but it wasn't enough to promote any sense of urgency or impending doom.
It was such a slow read. You only see glimpses, back and forth, but they are fascinating, shimmering glimpses, like trying to determine what's underneath the water. Into the Water LizzieF 2 Fascinating I was not expecting the son to be involved at all! By the end, when it was revealed what really happened, I though "Oh, okay.
By the time I finally nailed down all the characters and what role they played, the book did begin to gel and the plot finally started to thicken and I finally started to sink my teeth into it a little. The second half of the book finally begins to bring everything together and the story does have some merits. The insurmountable pressure to match that success must be unnerving, to say the least.
Also, we all know publishers can add pressure too, by pushing for more too quickly, in hopes of cashing in on that momentum.
Sometimes the desire to milk the cash cow, takes precedence over the artistic license of the author, who is pressured to turn something over before they are comfortable with it. Whoever allowed it to be published with all those POV's should be ashamed. I really do not enjoy, or like. But, I do wonder if we would have been so unforgiving if this were an unknown author, who had not just risen to superstar status practically overnight? View all 45 comments. Jul 05, Rachel Reads Ravenously rated it did not like it Shelves: First things first, I want to point out how very rare it is for me to rate a book 1 star.
In fact, in the last 5 years, I have read a total of 1, books, and only rated 20 of them with a 1 star. So before all of you jump on me, or the trolls come running, know that I just hated this book that much. I will give this book 1 thing, and 1 thing only: Paula Hawkins is an amazing writer. Her words flow across the page, and it's why I continued to read this book. The writing basically d First things first, I want to point out how very rare it is for me to rate a book 1 star. The writing basically deceived me into thinking this was better than it was.
Into the Water has ratings and reviews. Emily May said: I'm going straight down the middle with a 3-star rating but, in truth, my thoughts. Into the Water () is a thriller novel by British author Paula Hawkins. It is Hawkins' second full-length thriller following the success of The Girl on the Train.
I'm going to break down what didn't work for me: Made it hard to keep track of things. I mean, how can you write pages of a book, and not have a coherent plot in place? It wasn't going anywhere, all the "twists" were obvious. It followed so many cliches. I would recommend this book to someone if it was given them for free, but otherwise would tell them to save their money. I loved this book! I love how the author had us holding on till the best last word. A bit cliche but at the same time you can't help but love a classic.
I really enjoyed the plot of this book, although generic, it was well written and suspenseful. It only took me a few days to read and was certainly a freaking page turner! Which I thoroughly enjoyed. I found myself having to look back during the first pages or so, to refresh my mind about who the side characters were because I kept getting confused. Other than that one tiny complaint, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone! I actually kind of enjoyed it a little more than Girl On The Train. I just think while it was fun and thrilling It was just kind of like a creative and wild Law and Order Episode.
With that said though, I did enjoy the different points of view and thought the characters were well developed and believable. I am one month into joining this book club and absolutely love it but I am struggling to figure out where I enter promo codes. I was gifted a few to use but I don't know how or where to validate them. Already have an account? Please update your browser Our site works best with the latest versions of these web browsers. To update, click your preferred browser below and follow the instructions.
Into the Water Alexlin 9 Finally got around to reading this. I have very mixed feelings about this book. Things I still don't understand: What happened to Mark? Did Sean know he killed Nel the entire time? AndreaNelson 1 I'm glad I wasn't the only one struggling to keep track of the characters! I loved the variety in perspectives but really wish I'd taken notes! I'll have to look into Vantage Point, if it's anything like this book, it'll be great. Thanks for the tip! ChelseaLeach 11 Also, did anyone else think this book was planned out like the movie, "Vantage Point"??
I feel like this would be a cool movie to see! Hopefully, she gets some producers to buy the rights to make a feature film! Into the Water hmarsocci3 1 Ending???? DianaTilley 3 Patrick threw his own wife over, spent his whole life "protecting" Sean, but then Sean is still a very damaged person. From the way the end is written, Sean pushed Nel, while in a dissociative state in his mind, he was pushing his dying mother away from himself, while in reality, he shoved Nel.
Patrick protected Sean again by falsely confessing. As for Helen, she got the bracelet in a roundabout way; Sean pushed Nel, Patrick cleaned things up from the cabin where Sean and Nel had been meeting and left it in his car. Remember when Helen finds a bundle of items in the car?
Into the Water AmandaUcci 1 Could have been great LisaLaino 4 I thought the book was terrible, did not care about one character - way too many, very confusing I finished it - and my daughter felt the same. Girl on the Train was a great book, this was just eh. There were times that I had to go back and reread of who each character is so I could adequately follow along. Into the Water JacelynRosebrock 1 Ending?? Ellie 1 Sean pushed Nel, and it's likely he didn't know this himself until the end of the book. I am assuming this is why he mentions that he has 'absences' where he loses time. He didn't mean to push her, he was trying to escape from the memory of his mother, but he did do it.
Patrick takes the blame, because he must have figured out that Sean did something.
This is the part I can't exactly explain because I don't know how he would have known, other than if he traced the timing of Nel's fall to when the cabin was last occupied by them. In Patrick's first section, he's looking through the cabin and finding things left behind by people using it in section one , it is implied that teens break into the cabin and use it from time to time so this seems insignificant. One of the items that he must have found was Nel's bracelet which she probably just forgot as the last time she was there she was tipsy.
He places these into the glove compartment of Helen's car. In Helen's section she finds the items in her glove compartments and later asks Patrick "Do you think it's started up again? I think Helen kept the bracelet because it seemed familiar to her, but she couldn't place it. AdamMontague 1 I was okay with leaving what happened to Mark open ended because I think PH gave you enough through Lena's chapters for you to draw your own conclusion which I sometimes prefer versus an author feeling the need to spell everything out for the reader.
But I definitely agree that, unless I missed something, Jeannie was dangled out as intriguing bait and then never really returned to. My guess is that since Sean gave Jeannie too much information all 3 being in the car , Patrick had to 'take care of her'. I think Patrick looked at Helen as the wholesome wife he wished he had, which is why he was so disgusted with Sean's infidelity. The one thing that irritated me was starting with the drowning of the cat and from almost every moment forward, the way Patrick was described you absolutely knew that he would be responsible for at least one or two of the deaths.
I think that dedicating chapters to so many different characters POV kept PH from being able to create depth that was needed for some key players. Overall, a quick page turner that I enjoyed reading but will not hurry to recommend. Into the Water Samanttttttha 14 So slow!!! CeCeV 1 I totally agree. It was such a slow read. Possibility 6 Initially it was hard for me to delve into as well.