Paula Hawins’ first book, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, exploded onto the scene with her unreliable narrator, and characters we didn’t quite like. But the book continues to be a regular circulator in the library, and her follow up novel, INTO THE WATER, looks like it might do just the same. It’s already hitting many of the expected-best-sellers list. (Psssttt….if I were you, I’d get your name on a holds list NOW!)
The cover of INTO THE WATER is slightly deceiving at first, until you realize it is a face that is sunken beneath the surface. It’s actually an update from an older UK version which just features rippling water and spooky looking trees. I think this one is much better, and hints at what the story might entail.
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.
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.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
If you read THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (or saw the movie), did you enjoy it? Will you be picking up this book right away? Let us know!