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Book Club Selection > June 2017 Group Read - Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins

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David Gooch | 3976 comments Mod
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

"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."

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Discussion Leader - Bill Kupersmith

Bill Kupersmith | 552 comments Mod
Starting today.

Marianne Williams | 379 comments starting today!

Bill Kupersmith | 552 comments Mod
Now @ page 131. Seems this may be a Marmite book & unsure which way l shall go. Probably not a good choice for readers looking for a thriller offering a quick & easy story but the range of characters & varying POVs is intriguing.

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Mary C | 173 comments Well, I learned something today...I had to go look up 'Marmite book' as I had not heard it before. I will definitely adopt that phrase going forward!

I started this a couple of weeks ago when the copy arrived at my library for me. I have to say I bailed around page 50 and returned it.
I think it was too complex for what was going on in my life at the time. Guess I'm a 'not Marmite fan' in this case.

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Beth Stewart | 568 comments Interesting Mary! I opted out at about the same point but unlike you i haven't gone back.

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David Gooch | 3976 comments Mod
Funny you have said it is a marmite job Bill. I personally wasn't as big a fan of her first book and now reading the comments above I'm think I may just have saved myself and will opt out on this one for now.

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Susan Davis | 149 comments I dont think I made it to page 50. So disappointed.

Marianne Williams | 379 comments I finished the book yesterday. I did not find the multiply POV's confusing at all. It takes time to set up all of the story lines, it will come together. I found it an interesting build up a sort of gothic Midsomer Murders.

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Mary C | 173 comments Marianne wrote: "I finished the book yesterday. I did not find the multiply POV's confusing at all. It takes time to set up all of the story lines, it will come together. I found it an interesting build up a sort o..."

There did seem to be too many POVs, but I was also frustrated by the lack of progress in the story line when it moved from one to another.

Clare  (clarebears) | 62 comments I finished Into The Water a couple of days ago. I did enjoy the story but it definitely took time to get to know all the characters. Bill summed it up perfectly by calling it a Marmite book, either you love it or hate it. Personally I think the story did not pick up until part 2.
This book had the perfect plot, Katie and her affair with Mark her school teacher and the rape of Jess when she was a teenager. This story did not have a big cliff hanger ending but the ends were neatly tied. In my review I mentioned this book reminded me of a Midsummer Murder full of dark secrets, sex and betrayal in a sleepy English village.

message 12: by Bill (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bill Kupersmith | 552 comments Mod
My review is up on Goodreads & on my blog What I
most liked was Hawkins' going against the typecasting both for the police & the victims. But if you like conventional straightforward thrillers you'll be frustrated. May put some more specific remarks in the spoiler thread.

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