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Into the Water Audiobook

Into the Water

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Publisher's Summary

The author of the number-one New York Times best seller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense.

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 15-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 listen 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.

©2017 Paula Hawkins (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Mollie United States 05-08-17
    Mollie United States 05-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Too much going on with too many characters"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I really don't know. On the one hand, there's a lot about the book that draws you in. There's the history of the drowning pool that stretches back to witch persecution days, then there are the modern-day deaths that are either suicides or murders that have been covered up, too.Yet, the book has too much going on with too many characters. It's hard to keep everything and everyone straight. The book was just too "busy" for me. Simplify!


    Would you recommend Into the Water to your friends? Why or why not?

    Didn't I just answer this question?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think I had one.


    Do you think Into the Water needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it doesn't need a sequel because the last 45 minutes tidies everything up. It might need a prequel that goes back to the time of the witches.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a mixed bag. There's good and bad. A lot of people loved the author's first book, Girl on the Train, but I didn't. I think this book may have been a little better, but not by much.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 05-07-17
    Mel USA 05-07-17 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Don't Hold Your Breath"


    I got a bad feeling during my first few minutes into this book, about the time the umpteenth character was being introduced, realizing that I'd lost complete track of the *whos* and *whats.* You know the feeling; you're listening along and feel like you're suddenly in a crowd of unfamiliar faces, wondering how you got wherever you are. I started over, committing a little more attention. It didn't help and that sinking feeling came over me again. But, "this was the author of The Girl on the Train! Paula Hawkins! An author compared to Gillian Flynn and Megan Abbott!" I trudged on until I felt like one of the characters in the book...I wanted to walk into that water until it flooded over my head and drowned out the words that were going into my ears. What a relief *blub blub blub* would be compared to this bloated, insufficiently complicated plotline that seemed to be choking under its own tangle of contrivance and banality.

    Into the Water lacked a believable psychological premise, and crumbled under the weight of its own implausibility. The back and forth chronology was enough to give you motion sickness; the myriad of unlikeable characters either unnecessary and poorly drawn, or interjected; the plot buried under a congestion of side ramblings that carried you further away from resolution. A combination of too many innocuous storylines, too many ambiguous characters unraveled into a tangled knot that prevented a focused forward projection or mental connection. Hawkins showed none of the taut pacing that made TGOTT a psychological thriller. Everything about Into the Water feels awkward and sadly, absurd. I would love to give examples to back up my opinion, but won't spoil those elements.

    I feel bad for Hawkins, an author so *in the spotlight* from her previous blockbuster; surprised that a savvy editor wouldn't point out the structural problems because this is truly one of the most poorly structured novels I've read. One review I came across stated the story dragged, but Hawkins threw in a surprise switch-up ending...that may be some reader's opinion, not mine. Novels should be polished versions of a first draft where every chapter is significant. I never want to spend hours and pages (that feel like a work in progress) for one chapter of good story telling. To me, this book had that lack of quality you look for and expect from a seasoned writer.


    69 of 80 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsay 05-09-17
    Lindsay 05-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Is it over yet??"

    I found myself constantly checking how long was left til the end of this book. Because the story was told from so many perspectives I never got to know the main characters, and it was difficult to empathize with any of them. Instead of feeling compassion for their grief, I got sick of listening to them whine and feel sorry for themselves!

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Bernadette Power 05-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing at best"
    What would have made Into the Water better?

    Less characters for starters. I felt like there were just so many different points of view and the story could have easily been told with less.


    Has Into the Water turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, one bad apple doesn't spoil an entire genre.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I didn't have any issue with the narration.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a huge fan of Girl on the train so I had high hopes. I wanted to stop at many points thruought the story but hoped it would redeem itself. It just never did. The story was weak and predictable.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    R. M. Arnold 05-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very boring and predictable"

    Save your time and money on this one. A huge disappointment. Nothing like her first novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 05-15-17
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 05-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Drowning"

    I tried and tried and tried but could not finish it. PERHAPS it would not have been as disappointing if this was not by the author of Girl on The Train, although I doubt it. (In fact, had it not been by Paula Hawkins, I simply would have given up on the inane story a lot sooner). The book simply meanders on in the most boring, boring way--with a host of boring characters one simply cannot care about. After three hours of listening, I simply couldn't go on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DS 05-10-17
    DS 05-10-17
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    "This book tries too hard"

    This book has too many characters to keep straight. I spent half of the time trying to remember how one character tied into the next. I feel like the author tried too hard to keep you on your toes, and therefore there are too many underdeveloped and purposefully vague (and therefore unnecessary) characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Kirkland WA 05-08-17
    Gail Kirkland WA 05-08-17 Member Since 2011

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    "Who are these people??"
    What would have made Into the Water better?

    The story could be improved by having fewer characters and a story that makes sense ...


    Has Into the Water turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There were too many voices/narrators and that can ruin a book. None of them were distinct enough to make a difference. The female voices just blended in to one ...


    Any additional comments?

    It was so convoluted ... too many uninteresting characters with different "stories" and views and background. It was tedious and not satisfactory.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    George 05-06-17
    George 05-06-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Not a good listen."

    Too many sub plots, too many characters. Quite frankly it seemed like the author was just putting fill material into the book to make it longer. She should have stopped with Girl on the Train or taken more time to develop an interesting plot. Waste of time and money.

    26 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Plainfield, IL 05-11-17
    Rachael Plainfield, IL 05-11-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Anti Climatic. Alot of Hype with alot of letdown"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Meh. Listening to an audiobook is never time wasted but this book had too many characters that didn't matter which got you confused - but not in a good murder mystery way - in like a... Who are they talking about? who is this person? way.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    There are a ton of psychological thrillers coming out soon/ just recently released so probably another, but hopefully more suspensful, thriller.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Jules & Lena's narrators were excellent.. some of the other narrators tried too hard to change their voices which caused a bit of annoyance.


    Was Into the Water worth the listening time?

    It could have been way more worth it with a tighter character set up and more of a climax. You could figure out who did it halfway through the book.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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