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Into the water : a novel
2017
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Characters
Unnamed (Female), Lonely, Parent-less and friendless; cared for by her aunt
Genre
Fiction
Suspense
Psychological
Thriller
Topics
Single mothers
Murder investigations
Secrets
Small town life
Aunts
Past lives
Death of a parent
Lies
Scandal
Misunderstandings
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

The mega-success of The Girl on the Train guaranteed Hawkins's sophomore title would be an instant best seller. The author provides another head-spinning mystery from which she slyly (mis)leads readers toward startling revelations. Nel Abbot is dead. Weeks earlier, Nel's daughter Lena's best friend Katie also died-in the same Drowning Pool. Nel's long-estranged sister Jules appears to proxy-parent orphaned Lena and attempt to figure out what happened. The characters proliferate, which could be why the producers decided on a five-narrator cast (Laura Aikman, Rachel Bavidge, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, and Imogen Church). The readers clearly aren't listening to one another when voicing the same characters: Katie's mother, Louise, sounds like a middle-aged matron or a hysterical suburbanite; Katie's little brother Josh flits between expected preteen boy or thug-in-the making; investigator Patrick and his estranged wife Helen sound like they have split personalities. Verdict Given Hawkins's phenomenal following, no plot or production missteps will deter her vast audience from demanding access to Water in multiple formats. ["A must-have for fans of twisty thrillers": LJ 4/15/17 review of the Riverhead hc.]-Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Jules Abbott, the heroine of bestseller Hawkins's twisty second psychological thriller, vowed never to return to the sleepy English town of Beckford after an incident when she was a teenager drove a wedge between her and her older sister, Nel. But now Nel, a writer and photographer, is the latest in a long string of women found dead in a part of the local river known as the Drowning Pool. As Nel put it, "Beckford is not a suicide spot. Beckford is a place to get rid of troublesome women." Before Nel's death, the best friend of her surly 15-year-old daughter, Lena, drowned herself, an act that had a profound effect on both Nel and Lena. Beckford history is dripping with women who've thrown themselves-or been pushed?-off the cliffs into the Drowning Pool, and everyone-from the police detective, plagued by his own demons, working the case to the new cop in town with something to prove-knows more than they're letting on. Hawkins (The Girl on the Train) may be juggling a few too many story lines for comfort, but the payoff packs a satisfying punch. Author tour. Agent: Lizzy Kremer, David Higham Associates (U.K.). (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense. <br> <br> 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. <p> 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. <p> 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. <p> Beware a calm surface--you never know what lies beneath. <p> Cast of Narrators: <br>Rachel Bavidge, as third person narrator/Nel's voice<br> Sophie Aldred, as Jules<br> Daniel Weyman, as Sean & Josh<br> Imogen Church, as Erin Morgan<br> Laura Aikman, as Lena
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