“No one liked to think about the fact that the water in that river was infected with the blood and bile of persecuted women, unhappy women; they drank it every day.” INTO THE WATER
The wait is over. Readers can release their collective-held breath. GIRL ON THE TRAIN author, Paula Hawkins,’ new novel, INTO THE WATER (RiverheadBooks) has been published! She takes readers to a place “where desperate people go to end it all.” No matter which way you turn in the small British town of Beckford, you end up at the river. The river cuts like steel, snaking through the forest, slowing down before finally resting at the Beckford Drowning Pool. Women have been drowning there since 1679.
Danielle Abbott, a writer and photographer, who’s also the single mother of a teenager is dead. Did she jump? Was it murder? Before her death, she was working on a coffee-table book about the Drowning Pool, and her daughter’s best friend also drown. Danielle’s estranged sister, Jules, do not call her Julia, returns to town to identify her sister’s body. In Beckford, she’s met by the same creepiness that caused her to leave years ago, and her grieving niece, Lena. Police Investigator, Erin Morgan is brought in to work the case.
“Seriously,” she comments, “how is anyone supposed to keep track of all the bodies around here?”
Well, if she can’t, don’t expect it to be easy for readers. It wasn’t for me. Between the alternating narratives and subplots, I was lost most of the time. I usually find something positive to focus on when writing about a novel, but frankly, I was disappointed. I went into, INTO THE WATER expecting to be WOWED, but wowed, I was not. It was work trying to keep all the characters straight. Perhaps screenwriters will have a better job adapting INTO THE WATER into a film, because I’m sure it will no doubt find its way on to the big screen.
PAULA HAWKINS worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She is the author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train was published in 50 countries and over 40 languages. It has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.
Thanks to BookSparks and Riverhead Books, we have one copy of Paula Hawkins,’ INTO THE WATER to giveaway. Since just about everyone in the world has seen GIRL ON THE TRAIN, just tell us whether you enjoyed the book or the movie version better.
We’ll announce a winner Monday.