Hawkins first saw colossal success with her 2015 debut psych thriller The Girl on the Train — which debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers list, sold an estimated 11 million copies globally as of August 2016 and was adapted to film in October 2016 — and has since been a fan favorite amongst admirers of the genre.
On Wednesday, November 29, Hawkins retweeted a statement made by Transworld Books confirming the release of her upcoming follow-up Into the Water, along with the book’s supporting cover art. The author’s second novel is slated to release May 2, 2017 — just in time for summer reading!
In a statement given to Waterstones, Hawkins stated she’s been concocting her follow-up for a great while now, and that the crux of her next book is about the peculiar disappearance of two sisters.
According to a synopsis provided on Goodreads, here’s a bit more of what readers should expect from the author’s next work:
Paula Hawkins has penned a “dark and moving” second psychological suspense novel for Doubleday called Into The Water, set for release next May.
The book is about “the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets”, her publisher said.
Set in a small riverside town in the UK, the novel will “unfurl a gripping, twisting, layered story”. While little has been given away in terms of plot, it will feature two sisters and “ghostly echoes of the past.”
As a massive fan of the suspense, thriller and mystery genres, I am elated that Hawkins is giving her fans a follow-up so soon! After falling into the thriller stupor due to the likes of Gillian Flynn and A.S.A. Harrison’s works, I picked up Hawkins’ work on Amazon after reading its comparisons. I must say, The Girl on the Train was by far the closest competitor and companion book I’ve read to Gone Girl (which still remains my favorite book after three years).
I’ve been in such a drought lately finding more books like Flynn’s and Harrison’s and Hawkins’ lately that I’ve been reading other genres hoping it would put my mind at ease. But nothing compares to a great suspense novel, and the fact that Hawkins is already returning with her second book in just two-year’s time is unbelievably well-respected — “Gillian, what’s gud?!”
I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Into the Water!