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Into the Water Audiobook

Into the Water

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Publisher's Summary

From a writer proven to have a masterful touch when it comes to atmospheric dread, this is a suspenseful story of two sisters and the deceptiveness of human emotion and memory. Hawkins' prose manages to put a fresh spin on an age-old story of family secrets and their devastating effects.

The most hotly anticipated novel of the year, from the author of the best-selling novel The Girl on the Train.

©2017 Paula Hawkins (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    barbara 05-11-17
    barbara 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Into the Water"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book, but did not find the ending as suspenseful as Girl on the Train. The author has a good way of writing though and the narration was good. Now looking forward to the next book. Enjoyed the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    5/3/17
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    "Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!"

    I come at this from the probably fairly rare perspective of someone who has never read The Girl on the Train. Simply too many books too little time. That said even I was never going to fail to miss the hype surrounding it and the film which I have also managed to let pass me by somehow. However, the hype around both meant that the pressure on Paula Hawkins to deliver with this book must have been immense.

    What struck me very quickly about this one is that it is most definitely not a rushed out second book to ride the wave of popularity. Rather, it's a well-constructed and thought out thriller that came over very differently to the kind of story that I had imagined.

    It's partly a one-way conversation from one estranged sister to another. It pokes very hard at the psychology of grief and childhood problems and at how misplaced loyalty and bias can have telling consequences. From a brutal but intriguing start this moves from one point of view to another gently hinting and probing at the multi-layered mystery underneath.

    The cast are by and large very good, giving great individuality to the characters as you would expect from top quality narrators like Weyman and Church. That said, I did feel that one of the narrators was a bit weaker than the others. The one additional small weakness of having more narrators in this format was that of course it meant that some of the main characters were voiced differently by the different narrators which jarred just a little.

    So, out of all the hype and from under the undoubted mountain of expectation Paul Hawkins has produced an excellent mystery. It has a large cast of well-conceived characters and you will need to concentrate more than some books to get the best out of it but it genuinely is worth it.

    39 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. S. Griffiths
    5/9/17
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    "Poor in comparison to her previous book"

    Didn't enjoy this book. Painfully slow to get going, and too many character switches to allow me to fully understand the story. It does get better however if this was the first Paula Hawkins book i'd listened to i'd have given up before the end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • AJD
    5/11/17
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    "Different but almost as good as Girl on the Train"

    I thought this book was great and loved the characters and the narration was outstanding. The story does jump around a bit but I liked that. Loved the northern setting and the eerie feel to the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila
    Dublin, Ireland
    5/4/17
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    "Disappointing"

    The narration is good, but the story is all over the place and the characters never came alive to me and none were very sympathetic. Too contrived. Wouldn't recommend – and I loved The Girl on the Train

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    WATFORD, United Kingdom
    5/15/17
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    "Disjointed and disappointing"

    Like many people, I bought this title based upon how much I enjoyed ‘The Girl on the Train’, but have to admit it is nowhere near as good.

    The story itself has potential; a small village in the North-East has a nearby river that feeds a deep pool that was, in olden times, used for ducking women suspected of witchcraft. In more modern times it has gathered a reputation as a suicide spot, as a number of women have died there. A writer from out of town comes to the village to write a book about the pool, only to end up as its latest victim. So far so good.

    What I found though, is that practically everything that made ‘Girl on the Train’ so enjoyable is in very short supply here.

    For instance, the approach of telling the story from the differing viewpoints of the three main characters was inspiring, especially as their timelines weren’t always aligned, and so the listener had to piece together the parts of the puzzle as the story progressed. I personally found this very engaging and kept me glued to the story. The author has tried the same tack here, only there are many more characters involved (I actually lost count, but I think there are more than 10) which made the story, for me at least, dis-jointed and hard to follow. The larger character base also means it takes a lot longer for each character to be established and for the story to move forward.

    Another aspect I really liked about ‘Girl on the train’ was the precision of the writing; every word was there for a reason, with no padding or fluff. Sadly, this has not been the case with ‘Into the water’, where the dialogue and descriptive passages are so drawn out that, by the time a chapter has come to an end, I’ve forgotten how it started, and why we were even there.

    The story itself progresses at a snail’s pace with some less-than-successful attempts at plot twists, as the author falls into the trap of the clichéd idyllic country village that in truth masks a hotbed of intrigue, corruption and promiscuity, where everybody has a secret to hide, mostly revolving around who they are currently sleeping with.

    Overall then, a big disappointment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • carole
    SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom
    5/8/17
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    "Does not deserve all the hype, huge let down"
    Would you try another book written by Paula Hawkins or narrated by the narrators?

    Perhaps.


    What was most disappointing about Paula Hawkins’s story?

    Rambling, pointless, confusing. Tried several attempts to get interested, to no avail.
    Hugely disappointing.



    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too many voices for pretty boring characters. Narrative doesn't warrant such excellent performers.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All three emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Karen M.
    5/7/17
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    "A disappointment"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I quite enjoyed The girl on the Train. I didn't consider it a masterpiece but the characters were plausible and I didn't guess the outcome until nearly the end. Into the Water is completely the opposite: I couldn't believe in the characters and and I thought it fairly obvious who had done what from early on.


    What could Paula Hawkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Started again with a different idea!


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The narrators did their job well enough apart from the one reading the part of Jules who gave a truly awful wooden performance. If she had been tasked with reading the whole book I would have given up after 10 minutes.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Paula Hawkins luck with her next book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    5/6/17
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    "Confusing and un-engaging!"

    I persevered for 7 hours, but I have to give-up with 4 1/2 to go. There are too many characters and too many narrators. I quite like the character Jules and could have really engaged with her if only she wasn't repeatedly lost amongst all of the others. Beyond that I couldn't care about any character, most were superficially drawn. Several chapters were devoted to various character's dream sequences, others devoted to stories of women drowned as Witches in times gone by. Listening felt like being slow walked to an epiphany. However, I fear there won't really be one. Finally, the repeated flicking between first and third character, together with the large number of supposingly significant characters contributing to making the story confusing.

    The narration was mostly good, but the Geordie accents voiced by a female narrator (not Imogen Church) were a bit OTT and forced.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • N
    5/5/17
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    "Don't bother."

    Unlike most people I was never that impressed by the girl on the train. So when I saw this book I was slightly apprehensive about purchasing it. I thought I'd give the author a second chance and really wish I hadn't.

    This book is infuriating, completely ridiculous, unbelievable characters. You know what this is about? Miscommunication, that's it. If the characters weren't so pathetic at communicating half of the events wouldn't have occurred. I had about three hours left and had to return it before I ripped my hair out.

    Non of the characters are likeable and just infuriate you with their complete stupidity.

    I will never read anything by this author again in the future.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • karen 2000
    UK
    5/6/17
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    "Utter disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better book, I am afraid.


    What could Paula Hawkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Thrown the first draft away and started again.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Little Mix?


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was easy to return and get my credit back


    13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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