Summary

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, read by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman.
The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times Number One best seller and global phenomenon.
In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.
Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.
But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.
And most of all she's afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool....
©2017 Paula Hawkins (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 03-05-17

Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!

I come at this from the probably fairly rare perspective of someone who has never read The Girl on the Train. Simply too many books too little time. That said even I was never going to fail to miss the hype surrounding it and the film which I have also managed to let pass me by somehow. However, the hype around both meant that the pressure on Paula Hawkins to deliver with this book must have been immense.

What struck me very quickly about this one is that it is most definitely not a rushed out second book to ride the wave of popularity. Rather, it's a well-constructed and thought out thriller that came over very differently to the kind of story that I had imagined.

It's partly a one-way conversation from one estranged sister to another. It pokes very hard at the psychology of grief and childhood problems and at how misplaced loyalty and bias can have telling consequences. From a brutal but intriguing start this moves from one point of view to another gently hinting and probing at the multi-layered mystery underneath.

The cast are by and large very good, giving great individuality to the characters as you would expect from top quality narrators like Weyman and Church. That said, I did feel that one of the narrators was a bit weaker than the others. The one additional small weakness of having more narrators in this format was that of course it meant that some of the main characters were voiced differently by the different narrators which jarred just a little.

So, out of all the hype and from under the undoubted mountain of expectation Paul Hawkins has produced an excellent mystery. It has a large cast of well-conceived characters and you will need to concentrate more than some books to get the best out of it but it genuinely is worth it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By bookylady on 03-07-17

A great page turner. I loved it.

Paula Hawkins had a lot to live up to, following the huge success of The Girl On the Train. But in this story I felt she managed to achieve a story of considerable depth and complexity.

Told from various viewpoints and in several different voices, this is a story that gives an account of the mystery surrounding the death of a woman in a notorious Drowning Pool. But did she drown in an accident or was she killed?

Several people fall under suspicion, including the local policeman in charge of the investigation. The narrative twists and turns, exploring the motives and background of all those who fall under suspicion.

A great, satisfying end too. Excellent narrators gave the story a compulsive quality; I couldn't stop listening.

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2 out of 5 stars
By P. Clarke on 05-06-17

Very hard to follow for me.

There were so many different facial points I got totally lost with who was who. Gave up on it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Laura on 17-09-17

Very depressing

Couldn't finish the book. This doesn't read like a 'whodunnit' or mystery...it's just about grief. 2 senseless deaths, and all the families grief...in the end I just couldn't take it anymore and gave up.

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