Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Main Characters

  • Nell Abbot
  • Lena
  • Jules
  • Erin
  • Sean
  • Patrick
  • Hellen

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.

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My Review
4/5 Stars

I loved the story line, a river that took lives. Suicide or murder? Many women committed suicide but when 2 women were found dead, 2 women that knew each other suspicion was raised. The story of the river went back decades. Lena’s friend Katie commits suicide and after a couple of months Lena’s mother Nel is found at the bottom of the river as well. What happened? Katie a teen and Nel a writer digging the river’s story. Why and how did these women die, did they know something about the river that someone doesn’t want to get out? An ending that will leave you astound.

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Book Quotes

“Yes, it is. It’s, like, when someone has an affair, why does the wife always hate the other woman? Why doesn’t she hate her husband? He’s the one who’s betrayed her, he’s the one who swore to love her and keep her and whatever forever and ever. Why isn’t he the one who gets shoved off a fucking cliff?”

― Paula Hawkins, Into the Water

“I thought how odd it was that parents believe they know their children, understand their children. Do they not remember what it was like to be eighteen, or fifteen, or twelve? Perhaps having children makes you forget being one.”

― Paula Hawkins, Into the Water

“But the thing people don’t seem to realize is that I don’t want to not feel like this. How can I not feel like this? My sadness feels right. It … weighs the right amount, crushes me just enough.”

― Paula Hawkins, Into the Water