Into the Water

  • by Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge, Laura Aikman
  • 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From a writer proven to have a masterful touch when it comes to atmospheric dread, this is a suspenseful story of two sisters and the deceptiveness of human emotion and memory. Hawkins' prose manages to put a fresh spin on an age-old story of family secrets and their devastating effects.
The most hotly anticipated novel of the year, from the author of the best-selling novel The Girl on the Train.

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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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- Simon

Don't bother.

Unlike most people I was never that impressed by the girl on the train. So when I saw this book I was slightly apprehensive about purchasing it. I thought I'd give the author a second chance and really wish I hadn't.

This book is infuriating, completely ridiculous, unbelievable characters. You know what this is about? Miscommunication, that's it. If the characters weren't so pathetic at communicating half of the events wouldn't have occurred. I had about three hours left and had to return it before I ripped my hair out.

Non of the characters are likeable and just infuriate you with their complete stupidity.

I will never read anything by this author again in the future.
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- N

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks