INTO THE WA­TER by Paula Hawkins, Pen­guin.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - JB

Paula Hawkins hit gold with her first novel, The Girl on the Train, and has fol­lowed up with an­other psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller set in the Bri­tish town of Beck­ford, where women have been drown­ing since 1679 – and still are. The deaths in “the drown­ing pool” are in­ter­preted as sui­cides but there’s no ex­plain­ing why a sin­gle mother writ­ing a book on the pool should have thrown her­self into its wa­ters – es­pe­cially as she’s left be­hind a teenage daugh­ter whose best friend also drowned months ear­lier. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion turns se­ri­ous as se­crets are brought to light and con­nec­tions are drawn be­tween old and new deaths. Hawkins is a clever plot­ter, al­though her tale is twisty and she throws up many sus­pi­cious char­ac­ters, so it’s easy to get lost on the way through.

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