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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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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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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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  • Sheila
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 04-05-17

Disappointing

The narration is good, but the story is all over the place and the characters never came alive to me and none were very sympathetic. Too contrived. Wouldn't recommend – and I loved The Girl on the Train

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So disappointed 😔 awful

I am so disappointed with this . I had high expectations.,the characters jumped around so much and didn't make sense at times
Boring mismatch and sometimes the narration sounded the same and I had to stop and think who was what. It certainly for me was not a listen that you could get lost in .....
So so disappointed 😔

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  • N
  • 05-05-17

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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  • Ann D
  • Newcastle, England
  • 06-05-17

Confusing and un-engaging!

I persevered for 7 hours, but I have to give-up with 4 1/2 to go. There are too many characters and too many narrators. I quite like the character Jules and could have really engaged with her if only she wasn't repeatedly lost amongst all of the others. Beyond that I couldn't care about any character, most were superficially drawn. Several chapters were devoted to various character's dream sequences, others devoted to stories of women drowned as Witches in times gone by. Listening felt like being slow walked to an epiphany. However, I fear there won't really be one. Finally, the repeated flicking between first and third character, together with the large number of supposingly significant characters contributing to making the story confusing.

The narration was mostly good, but the Geordie accents voiced by a female narrator (not Imogen Church) were a bit OTT and forced.

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  • carole
  • SHREWSBURY, United Kingdom
  • 08-05-17

Does not deserve all the hype, huge let down

Would you try another book written by Paula Hawkins or narrated by the narrators?

Perhaps.

What was most disappointing about Paula Hawkins’s story?

Rambling, pointless, confusing. Tried several attempts to get interested, to no avail.
Hugely disappointing.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too many voices for pretty boring characters. Narrative doesn't warrant such excellent performers.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

All three emotions.

Any additional comments?

No.

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Annoying

Put it like this, I live in Newcastle and have all my life. We sound nothing like that. Ask a Geordie actor to do it.

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Listened for 3 hours

Very disappointed in this book. I tried but could
Not find the will to continue

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Unfortunately not a good choice for an audio book!

I didn’t think this book was very good; especially when compared (as it inevitably will be) to The Girl on the Train. The key problem was there were simply too many narrators. I counted at least 11, if you don’t include Nell’s writing about what happened in 1920 as a separate narrative voice.
Now, in a regular book this many narrators would confuse and annoy me, but in an audio book it was almost impossible to understand what was going on and who was telling the story. If you left it for a week and then came back in there was no way to know who you were listening to, and I had to think really hard which character linked to the name announced at the start of each chapter. In the end I had to listen to a lot of the book on one day, just to be able to keep track.
Most of the vocal performances were good, but unfortunately none of the characters had a distinct enough narrative voice to enable you to realise who was narrating at any given moment. This made the book an extremely bad choice for my first attempt at enjoying an audio book. Thankfully all the threads came together in the end, but I found the conclusion fairly obvious. A lot of the time I only kept listening because there was an element of mystery at the heart of the story. I think it’s a shame that none of the characters were likeable and a good concept was ruined by a bad telling.

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  • P. Clarke
  • 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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  • Laura
  • 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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  • GB
  • 03-06-17

A Great Read

I bought this book because of The Girl on a Train, which had been a good pot boiler and I wanted to read more.
This book is very different. It is a better story and better written. It draws you with twists ans turns that that psychological rather than thriller like.
It is slower and weaves a tale of a more complex nature that shows how everybody is involved in a small town society
On the critical side: the tale has much more potential than the writer develops and there are a few flaws that one might nit-pick over if your were inclined,
On the whole it is a great yarn, well told and entertaining. It shows a developing style as an artist that is full of promise.
To sum up I loved the book, I was riveted to the tale and I look forward to the next one.
The production is solid. The readers are wonderful, they develop a feel for characters in their reading which gives a nice depth to the story.
All in all and excellent buy and an excellent investment of your time to read.

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  • barbara
  • 11-05-17

Into the Water

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, but did not find the ending as suspenseful as Girl on the Train. The author has a good way of writing though and the narration was good. Now looking forward to the next book. Enjoyed the characters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-18

Would make a good TV mini-series!

Well written. Great characters. Alas, predictable! Great on audio though as you really feel the emotions of the chatacters.

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  • Andrea Garcia de Magalhaes
  • 01-02-18

Thrilling!

Loved the book, very exciting and unputdownnable! The readers made it even better, really good interpretation!