Blurb: 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.
Erica’s thoughts: I am a fan of Paula Hawkins a little more one book at a time. Growing up we were all told horror stories in some form or another. The suicide bridge, forest, whatever. In this book the suicide river starts long before anyone even knew. It is as if something calls from within to pull you down. But do you think everyone jumps? I don’t. Maybe they are pushed or drowned that is left for everyone left behind to decide. Nel grew up obsessed with the river and stories it held, so much so it upset some of the town people. Left behind is her 15 year old daughter and her sister whom she hasn’t talked to in quite some time. In a series of events we find out more and more about this river, this town and all of the people who live there. Just when you believe your have it figured out, you don’t. It took me a couple chapters to get into this book, however it was worth it. Paula does a great job of keeping those twists just out of reach so you aren’t too sure what is coming up next.
About the author: 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.
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