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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

In Hawkins's psychological thriller set in the sleepy English town of Beckford, photographer-author Nel Abbott is in the midst of writing a book about the township river-known among locals as the Drowning Pool because of the many lives it has claimed-when she too falls victim to it. The new police officer in town, Erin Morgan, is assigned to the case, and as soon as she declares Nel's death a murder, she realizes that nearly everyone in the village is a suspect. There are a number of different character-narrators, and the audio edition employs a full team of voice actors to portray them: actor Imogen Church reads Officer Morgan's chapters in a skeptical cockney accent; Sophie Aldred plays Nel's estranged sister Jules, confused and annoyed; Laura Aikman is Nel's petulant 15-year-old daughter Lena. Doing the lion's share of the narration, actor Bavidge covers the sections written in the third person with crisp efficiency, then switches to a soft, lyrical, and dramatic voice for excerpts from Nel's unfinished book-within-the-book, which help to fill in missing backstory pieces and eventually suggest both the reason she wound up in the drowning pool and who put her there. A Riverhead hardcover. (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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