Into the Water

Into the Water

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385689632
0385689632
Branch Call Number: FIC Hawki
Characteristics: 388 pages

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GLNovak
Nov 18, 2017

My major complaint is the number of characters and no real hooks to picture them. I was confused for a long time as to the relationships of them all, until I realized I was reading two, or three stories in one. I think Hawkins tried to do too much and chose a literary form - switching from one point of view to another - without much of a sense of logical flow. All are headed with the character's name, thankfully, but with some having a date attached and others none I got confused again about the timeline. Also there is a lot of repetition of the same conversations/thoughts that I found too redundant and not expressive enough to really keep me interested and sympathetic. The ending might be intended as a surprise twist but I found it a little contrived from the hints given earlier in the book. I did give it a medium rating only because I liked Jules. If you have a long to-read list, I would suggest skipping this one.

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dmckenziehague
Nov 08, 2017

previous reviewers have not gotten the point of this novel. This is not a murder mystery but a timely look at misogyny in our time.

VaughanPLDonnalee Nov 05, 2017

Overall I found this pretty disappointing. I had found The Girl on the Train to be a decent page-turner. This one was pretty tepid. The central mystery itself was mildly OK. The biggest problem for was I didn't really like or care about any of the characters. They were all a pretty dismal lot. I found this one dreary overall.

dustbunny53 Oct 31, 2017

I first tried to listen to this title as an audio book and gave up on it because it was too difficult to follow. At the recommendation of a friend, I tried it again in book format, which worked much better for me. It got very interesting half way through, but I found the last part of the book very unsatisfactory.

VaughanPLDavidB Oct 31, 2017

The author has taken what should have been a solid mystery story and turned it into a diatribe saturated with misandry (pun intended). There isn't one decent male character in this book, only caricatures to despise. Patrick, the arrogant, abusive and judgmental patriarch. Shaun, the weak and self-deceiving son. Mark, self-indulgent and self-pitying and undeserving of mercy. Robbie, the popular and athletic high school jock who simply took what he wanted, now gone to seed. The only male character who was spared was Josh who was too young even for this author to denigrate. There were other male characters in the background, but they too were either deeply flawed or entirely voiceless.

On the other side were the more numerous female characters who were unfailingly portrayed as either heroic or properly deserving of sympathy. This "caricaturization" of her characters coupled with her dabbling with psychic phenomena make this a poor follow-up to the author's first novel, The Girl on the Train.

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brangwinn
Oct 24, 2017

Creepy reading about a small English village in which “troublesome women” drown. I had trouble switching between characters in this psychological mystery and I found the ending a little disappointing.

samdog123 Oct 16, 2017

Hawkins' first novel, The Girl on the Train, was suspenseful and moved right along. This title is more than a bit unwieldy with the many characters, which caused me to go back to figure out who each of them was. When Jules' sister, Nel, dies in a river near where the girls grew up, Jules returns to be with Lena, Nel's daughter. Why did Nel die? As local police, Jules and Lena try to unravel the mystery, many old and new details come to light. More mystical and detailed that her first novel, but it still kept my interest.

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kariatwood
Oct 07, 2017

This book was a wonderfully fast read. Had I not been in school or work full time, I would have read it a lot sooner than 3 weeks. I got very invested in the characters and I love her writing technique of switching between characters. I wasn't used to it in GOtT but now I love it. I wish I could read all book like that.

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whitby6
Sep 30, 2017

I agree. Too many people confuses the storyline.
The book is choppy & doesn't flow.

JCLDebbieF Sep 27, 2017

A few too many characters to follow in the new mystery by Paula Hawkins. I can only give it 3 stars.

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